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Brazil’s Local Elections First Gauge of Impeachment Fallout

  • Workers’ Party fields fewer candidates compared with 2012 vote
  • Biggest local winners could sway 2018 presidential election

Eloi Pieta, a mayoral candidate for Brazil’s Workers’ Party, makes no secret of his decision to distance himself from his own political organization ahead of this Sunday’s local elections. As he tries to win over voters after the downfall of President Dilma Rousseff, Pieta has purged his campaign literature of all the party’s traditional symbols.

Once the proud emblem of its left-wing populist policies, the red star of the PT, as the Workers’ Party is known, is now associated for some with the accusations of economic mismanagement and corruption that led to the impeachment of Rousseff and the indictment of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.