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Opinion: Brazil’s Election Surprises – Part II

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Continuing our curmudgeonly concentration on the State of Rio de Janeiro, we look at its legislative assembly (ALERJ), where the October 7th election decidedly created surprises, the greatest being the success of PSL, aka the Bolsonaro party.

Starting next year, PSL's "Bolshies" will occupy thirteen of the seventy seats in ALERJ, making it the largest party represented, whereas in 2014 it elected only two candidates. The gain came at the cost of the four major parties (MDB, PSD, PR and PT) that had elected 36 out of the seventy seats in . . .

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