Brasilia, Nov. 16. - Names endorsed by far-right president Jair Bolsonaro registered a poor performance in the first round of municipal elections held on Sunday in Brazil under the Covid-19 pandemic, political analysts say today.
“Of the 13 candidates for mayor and councilors, publicly supported by the chief executive, only two managed to be elected and another two took the race to the second round. Nine of the president's allies were left by the wayside, "said commentator Victor Fuzeira, from the Metrópoles news portal.
He specified that one of the most significant defeats of the ex-military's allies was that of the candidate for mayor of Sao Paulo, Celso Russomanno (of the Republican party), only the fourth most voted and out of the November 29 ballot.
The dispute now for that city council will be between the current mayor Bruno Covas, from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (center), which received 32.8 percent of the votes, and Professor Guilherme Boulos, from the Socialism and Freedom Party (left), which had a 20.24, for which both go to a second round.
According to Fuzeira, in addition to Russomanno, the former Army captain also supported the campaign of Delegada Patrícia (Podemos party) who obtained fourth place in the race for Recife, capital of the northeastern state of Pernambuco.
"Invited by the president to participate in weekly broadcasts, Bruno Engler (of the Brazilian Labor Renewal Party (PRTB) saw Alexandre Kalil (of the Social Democratic Party) re-elected as mayor of Belo Horizonte," said the writer.
He also pointed out that in Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas, the president's ally, Coronel Menezes (Patriot party), was only the fifth most voted.
Neither, he added, the candidate for the federal Senate for the state of Mato Grosso (center-west), Coronel Fernanda (Patriota), did not get enough ballots to be elected.
The UOL news portal assured that Bolsonaro minimized the bad results of allies and only in Rio de Janeiro, the current mayor Marcelo Crivella (Republicans) advanced to the second round, but with a percentage of ballots far from the first place Eduardo Paes (Democráticos), with more than 15 percent separation between the two.
For the political scientist Márcio Coimbra, of the Mackenzie Presbyterian College, the ideological line is falling into the concept of the voters.
He insisted that the right-wing populists lack political management and the pandemic mainly demanded good management from the rulers.
Some 148 million people were entitled to vote the day before in the first round of municipal elections when they would choose mayors, vice mayors and councilors from the 5,567 municipalities in Brazil. (Text and photo: PL)