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Rio mayor re-elected and will host Olympics; Sao Paulo, run off with the two main parties

Monday, October 8th 2012 - 06:23 UTC
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Paes belongs to the powerful PMDB, which at federal is part of the ruling coalition headed by the Workers Party Paes belongs to the powerful PMDB, which at federal is part of the ruling coalition headed by the Workers Party

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has been re-elected with an overwhelming majority in the first round of Brazil's municipal elections. Paes from the centrist Democratic Movement Party will be in charge when Rio hosts the 2016 Olympics.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s industrial and financial hub, Jose Serra of the Social Democratic Party will face Fernando Haddad of the governing Workers' Party in the second round.

More than 5,000 mayoral posts were up for election across the country.

With almost all the voted counted, Mr Paes had 64.6% of votes, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal announced. He was far ahead of his main rival Marcelo Freixo of the left-wing Socialism and Freedom Party.

Backed by a coalition of 20 parties, Mr Paes campaigned on a promise to improve transportation and the health and education sectors in the city.

As mayor, he will be the host not only of the Olympic Summer Games in 2016 but also of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 Football World Cup.

Mr Paes promised to “work hard and treat the citizens with a lot of respect”.

Olympic and FIFA officials have in the past expressed concern that many of the city's major building project are behind schedule, including the renovation of the Maracana stadium.

Activists say many of the planned roads and rail lines will run through some of Rio's poorest neighbourhoods, forcing the eviction of those living there.

In a surprise result in Sao Paulo, high-profile former champion of consumer rights, Celso Russomanno, failed to make it into the second round of the mayoral election.

He was beaten into third place by Fernando Haddad of President Dilma Rousseff's Workers' Party. Former president Lula da Silva campaigned strongly for Haddad.

Mr Russomanno had led opinion polls for weeks but had seen a drop in support in the last few days before polling which he blamed on fierce attacks from his two leading opponents. The second round will he held on 28 October.

 

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  • Fbear

    I still cannot comprehend why Serra has any following, let alone enough to take first place in a three-way race, after his betrayal of voters about running for president. I will never understand why people continue tovote against their best interests and rely on proven liars to fill offices. Is it human nature to trust the devil yoo know, ebem when he talks out of both sides of his mouth and lies out of both sides at the same time?

    Oct 08th, 2012 - 03:04 pm 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    “He was far ahead of his main rival Marcelo Freixo of the left-wing Socialism and Freedom Party”

    There the ones who split for the PT because they saw Lula as too right wing, although I like Lula and Dilma its nice to see them still having some clout =) Where were the PT in this race though?

    #1 They call him “Serra Palin” don't they?

    Oct 11th, 2012 - 03:02 pm 0
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