Leftist Workers’ Party loses big in Brazilian municipal polls
BRAZIL’S Workers’ Party lost control of Sao Paulo city hall in a nationwide municipal polls rout that saw the once-dominant leftist force punished by voters angry at rampant recession and corruption.
In an emphatic outcome, the Workers’ Party mayor of Brazil’s biggest city, Fernando Haddad, was trounced by Joao Doria from the centrist PSDB.
A second round run-off had been widely predicted but Mr Doria cleared the required 50 percent barrier with 53pc of the vote, meaning he won outright.
The loss of Sao Paulo headlined a dark day for the Workers’ Party, which shaped Brazil for the past 13 years but risks freefall as Brazilians shift to the right ahead of 2018 presidential elections.
The elections for mayors and city governments across 5568 municipalities were the first since Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party lost the presidency in a bruising impeachment battle in August.
They also come as Workers’ Party founder and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces corruption charges that could sink his already flagging political career.
Brazilians want change as they struggle through a devastating recession and the fallout from a massive embezzlement and bribery scheme centred on the state oil company Petrobras.
In Rio de Janeiro, 15 candidates or politicians have been murdered over the past 10 months in the run-up to the polls, police say. –
Former president Dilma Rousseff from the leftist Workers’ Party arrives at a polling station in Porto Alegre, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, during municipal elections on October 2.Photo: