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Opinion: Brazil’s Important Municipal Elections

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANERIO, BRAZIL – Because the Olympics and Paralympics have dominated news from Rio de Janeiro, It may have escaped the attention of those readers of The Rio Times who don’t live here, but Brazil will have municipal elections this Sunday, October 2nd. These are more important than many think.

Under the 1988 Federal Constitution, municipalities are autonomous governmental entities, with elected mayors (“prefeitos”) and city councilmen (“vereadores

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