Brazil’s Bolsonaro suffers wave of defeats in mayoral races
The President’s worst rebuff came in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, where Mayor Marcelo Crivella was battered in a run-off election Sunday, losing to his center-right predecessor, Eduardo Paes, by 64% to 36%. Mr. Crivella, an evangelical pastor The poor showing by Mr. Bolsonaro’s candidates began shaping up in the first round of municipal elections two weeks ago and then there was Sunday’s run-off was between two critics of the President, and resulted in center-right Mayor Bruno Covas easily winning reelection over socialist Guilherme Boulos by 60% to 40%.Carlos Melo, a political science professor at Insper University said that “He failed to start a party, he failed to make his candidates stronger. It was almost as if he ignored these elections, but they gave a lot of leverage to parties he will have to talk to in congress. He is a weaker President because of these defeats,”. Mr. Bolsonaro did not reply about the poor showing of his candidates after voting in rio. Eduardo Paes, the winner in Rio, said his triumph was a victory of politics over radicalism.