Brazil held two rounds of voting last month in local elections with thousands of mayoral and city councilor positions at stake across the country. The country’s right-wing populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, was not on the ballot. But many Brazilians viewed the elections as a referendum on Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic and a ravaged economy — and a check on his power.
The outcomes may cheer Bolsonaro’s opponents within the centrist establishment, as well as on the political left. Voters overwhelmingly defeated many of the 13 Bolsonaro-supported mayoral candidates — only two won, in the minor cities of Parnaíba and Ipatinga.… Seguir leyendo »