The Workers’ Party of ousted President Dilma Rousseff suffered heavy losses in Brazil’s municipal elections on Sunday, bearing the brunt of voter dissatisfaction with an economic recession and a corruption scandal that have plagued Latin America’s largest nation.
After ruling Brazil for 13 years, the leftist party known PT lost control of Sao Paulo, the country’s largest city, and won in only one of the 26 capital cities. In another capital, it has one candidate in a second-round vote scheduled for Oct. 30. Even with a victory there, the PT would have half of the four capital cities it won four years ago, when the Brazilian economy was booming.
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