Jair Bolsonaro suffers political blow in municipal elections.
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On Sunday, Brazil had its first round of municipal elections. The election will end November 29. The elections went on smoothly, except for a cyber attack that was quickly deflected. The nation had 5,500 mayors and 57,000 city councillors. Candidates backed by Jair Bolsonaro have suffered losses in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, as well as Rio De Janiero and other cities.
Jair Bolsonaro has no official party, and had backed dozens of candidates and political parties, the majority of which suffered huge losses, dashing Jair Bolsonaro’s relection hopes. Mr. Bolsonaro explicitly supported allies in six Brazilian cities, four of which suffered defeats.
Jair Bolsonaro is a huge supporter of US President’s Donald Trump and is still coming to terms with his loss. He considers Trump a huge friend and ally for sharing the same thoughts on several issues. President Bolsonaro, a populist leader like Donald Trump, dubbed President Jair Trump Bolsonaro, also doubted COVID-19a and actually referring to it as a ‘little flu’. His mishandling of the pandemic resulted in Brazil being the second worst hit in the World, after the United States. So far, Mr. Bolsanaro has not congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory.
In the Amazonian city of Manaus, Alfredo Menezes, a huge friend of Jair Bolsonaro, has ended up in fifth place. In Recife, Patricia Domingos, another huge ally of Bolsonaro, came fourth. In Belo Horizonte, Bruno Engler, a conservative activist, was thrashed by Alexandre Kalil, who managed to secure 63% of the votes. But, according to political commentator Josias de Souza, Sao Paolo’s loss was the most devastating for Bolsonaro.
Left wing Guilherme Boulos said:
We have beaten Bolsonaro – we have beaten his project of hatred, backwardness and lies that tried to take root in the city of São Paulo.Guilherme Boulos.
Sao Paolo Governor João Doria claimed:
Democracy has won and Bolsonaro has lost.João Doria
This was the first test for President Jair Bolsonaro, since his shock victory in 2018. This election has shown resurgence of politicians from the mainstream parties, and that the Bolsonaro’s influence is weakening.
Traditional right-wing and centre parties have emerged victorious in the first round of the elections.
Whatever happens happens, politics have been always including deals behind closed doors.