Candidates allied with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro won important victories Sunday In Brazil, legislative and gubernatorial elections run parallel to the presidential fight.
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At least nine former Bolsonaro ministers won the election.
In addition to the President and Vice President, Brazilians are called upon to elect the governors of 27 states (including the Federal District of Brasilia), 513 seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the 81-seat Senate, as well as state legislatures.
According to analysts, the Liberal Party of the Head of State will have the largest bench in the House of Representatives, and in the Senate, figures from the PL and coalition groups have won at least 14 of the 27 seats contested.
The new congressman includes two of Bolsonaro’s controversial former ministers: former environment chief Ricardo Salles, who left the government amid corruption allegations, and Eduardo Pacuello, criticized for his administration as head of the health portfolio. The pandemic killed nearly 700,000 people in Brazil.
Pazuello was also the vice president with the most votes in the third most populous state of Rio de Janeiro.
Another PL candidate, Nikolas Ferreira, at age 26, was the highest-voted vice-president in the country, with more than 1.4 million votes.
The list of Bolsonaros for the Senate includes ex-footballer Romario (re-elected) to ex-astronaut and former head of science Marcos Ponte.
Three other former ministers, ultra-conservative Tamares Alves (female); Teresa Cristina (Agriculture) and Rogerio Marino (Development) and the current vice president were elected to the Senate, which should confirm two justices of the Supreme Court in 2023.
Former judge and ex-minister Sergio Moro, who broke with Bolsonaro, and ex-lawyer Dalton Dellagnole also enter the Upper House.
Both arch-enemies of Lula were key figures in the “Car Wash” operation, which investigated a massive corruption scheme at state-owned Petrobras. Both jailed Lula for 19 months, but the sentence was overturned due to procedural irregularities.
Brazilians elected the governors of all 27 states (including the Federal District of Brasilia).
Claudio Castro (PL) was elected in Rio de Janeiro, but the biggest surprise came in Brazil’s most populous and wealthy state of Sao Paulo, narrowly winning the first round, with Darcisio Freitas, a former head of the infrastructure sector, in second place. At the polls.
Freitas (PL) defeated former mayor of São Paulo Megalopolis and Lula’s dolphin Fernando Haddad, who was defeated by Bolsonaro in the 2018 presidential election, and the two will meet on the ballot on October 30.
The elections also gave some success to progressive causes with Brazil’s first trans-federal representatives, Erica Hilton, Duda Salabert and Robiones Lima.
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