The road to municipal elections starts here

municipal elections
Polling station in Recife (2016). On the floor, several campaign flyers. Photo: Sumaia Villela/ABr

In seven months’ time, Brazil’s 5,570 municipalities will head to the polls to elect new mayors and members of city councils. Coming two years before the next presidential election in 2022, this will be the first true test of President Jair Bolsonaro’s clout with voters since he was elected in 2018. Furthermore, these midterm elections are crucial for politicians around the country, as they seek alliances and support bases to leave them in good standing for 2022.

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