Brazil shifts right, evangelical elected Rio mayor

Marcelo Crivella of the Brazilian Republican Party has promised to crack down on violent crime and is favourite to win Rio's mayoral electionAn evangelical mega-church bishop who once branded Catholics demons was elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro, in nationwide municipal elections confirming Brazil’s shift to the right. This was the second round of balloting for city halls in Latin America’s biggest country and confirmed the trend seen in October 2 polls which ended in humiliation for the former governing Workers’ Party. In the first round, the Workers’ Party lost about two thirds of the mayor’s posts it had won in 2012 elections, including Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo.

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