Brazil’s municipal elections show waning support for Jair Bolsonaro
A key takeaway of the election is the complete disarray of the Workers’ Party and the emergence of a new left, one analyst says
Brasilia/New York — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro emerged weaker from Sunday’s municipal elections that were widely seen as a referendum on the first half of his four-year mandate.
Candidates supported by the far-right leader in the country’s main capitals either cratered or will face strong competitors in runoff votes scheduled for November 29. Centrist parties that support his congressional agenda in exchange for political favours had a strong performance — meaning they may demand more of the government going forward. And even leftist parties that were all but ostracised from the political landscape a few years ago may regain some key cities during the second round of vote...