Brazil's leftist Workers' Party loses control of Sao Paulo

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, of the Workers' Party, leaves the booth after casting his vote during the municipal elections' first round at a school in Brazil, on October 2, 2016Brazil’s Workers’ Party lost control of Sao Paulo city hall Sunday in a nationwide municipal polls rout that saw the long dominant leftist force punished by voters angry at recession and corruption. In a shock result, the Workers’ Party mayor of Brazil’s biggest city, Fernando Haddad, was trounced by Joao Doria from the centrist PSDB. The loss of Sao Paulo headlined a dark day for the Workers’ Party, which shaped Brazil for the last 13 years but risks freefall as Brazilians shift to the right ahead of 2018 presidential elections.

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