• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil’s New Electoral Rules to Fight Corruption Help the Rich and Evangelical Churches

Election day in Recife, Brazil - Sumaia Villela/ABr Brazilians expressed their disenchantment and frustration on Sunday’s municipal elections punishing parties involved in the major corruption schemes and political disputes as the country’s economy has plunged into the worst economic recession almost a century including the loss of millions of jobs.

The elections were the first in Brazil since former President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and thrown out of office in August. Meanwhile, the incumbent Workers Party, PT, founder, ex president Lula, and Rousseff’s mentor, is facing corruption charges.

Amid a resounding nationwide defeat PT lost control of the São Paulo city hall and results in Rio de Janeiro were mixed, with a runoff election in the offing. In São Paulo PT mayor, Fernando Haddad, was ousted by João Doria, of the centrist PSDB, who obtained some 53% of the vote.

In Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella of the conservative Brazilian Republican Party (PRB) won a plurality, albeit of just 28%, and will have to go up against leftist PSOL Marcelo Freixo, who garnered 18%.

Election day in Recife, Brazil - Sumaia Villela/ABr

PT lost four of the five state capitals it had run, including São Paulo, the country’s economic powerhouse where the leftist party was born. The PT lost two-thirds of the municipalities it won in 2012, dropping to 10th place from third in the number of mayors controlled by each party.

Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, lost its longtime hold over the cash-strapped city of Rio de Janeiro, which just held what many considered a successful Olympics.

Instead, conservative evangelical preacher, Senator Marcelo Crivella, will face a runoff against Marcelo Freixo of the Socialism and Liberty Party, or PSOL, a leftist breakaway from the PT, to decide who leads Rio.

The first elections since Rousseff was removed from office were a test of support for Brazil’s main political parties as they prepare for the 2018 presidential race.

Doria’s victory in São Paulo will bolster a likely bid in 2018 by the PSDB governor of the state, Geraldo Alckmin. The PSDB was also ahead in the country’s third-largest city, Belo Horizonte.

Sunday’s elections were the first held under a ban on corporate campaign financing that was meant to clean up Brazilian politics following the scandal surrounding state-controlled oil company Petrobras that has ensnared dozens of top executives and powerful political figures.

But the new rules, which reduced campaign financing by two-thirds from the presidential election in 2014, instead helped wealthy candidates who were using their personal funds, such as Doria, and candidates backed by Brazil’s rapidly expanding evangelical churches.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Mike

    O Brasil agora é totalmente controlado pelo o crime organizado,as militias com o suporte dos evangélicos. Eu fui alvo do stalking organizado em ibes,vila Velha,es pela minha família presbiteriana e vizinhos e membros das igrejas presbiterianas do aribiri,glória e Vila Velha, incluindo seus pastores. Que são agora por seus envolvimentos com militias e corrupção a mesma coisas que eles. Então saiba que quando militias matarem seus filhos em Vila Velha,és por talvez serem viciados,perdidos,homossexuais,agnósticos,ateus,budistas,islâmicos ou qualquer outro motivo, ou se seus filhos se suicidar-me por causa das difamações,destruição de seus nomes e caráter,stalking organizado,ataques electronics,perseguição 24/7,furto,gelo,gas lighting,hackeamento de communications, vocês precisam de ir a essas igrejas e agradece-lãs por trazerem esses crimes as suas portas. Especialmente os Pastores maçons delas. Criminosos que se escondem atrás de Bíblia! Que vergonha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilian Federal Police Report Urges Indictment of Lula’s Former Minister

A Brazilian Federal Police report strongly recommends a former minister and close advisor of ...

35,000 Troops Guard Brazil’s Frontiers. Most Are in the Amazon

Drug seizures are not infrequent in Brazil’s Amazon region. In early January alone, the ...

President Michel Temer and his predecessor Dilma Rousseff - EBC

Counting the Days to the Ouster of Second Brazil President in One Year

Brazil’s president Michel Temer is already fighting a devastating corruption scandal, but this week ...

Protest against Temer in Curitiba, Paraná state - Lula Marques/Ag PT

If Brazil President Manages to Remain in Office He’ll Be Too Crippled to Govern

Demonstrators marched across Brazil on Sunday calling for the resignation or ouster of President ...

Brazil’s Lula Pans Those Who Are Betting on His Failure

Brazil’s government will not alter the country’s direction on account of the 2006 elections. ...

Another Lula Man Goes to Jail for Corruption: Former Finance Minister Palocci

Brazil’s Federal Police arrested early this Monday, September 26, in São Paulo, former Finance ...

Popularity Down to 5%? So Be It if It Saves Brazil, Says President Michel Temer

During a press conference with US executives in New York, President Michel Temer reiterated ...

Lula Urges Congress to Probe Corruption Without Paralyzing Brazil

Speaking to the nation during his fortnightly radio program, “Breakfast with the President,” Brazilian ...