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Municipal Elections, Economic Crisis Cloud Future for Brazil's Lula

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 50949
Category/Department: Brazil
Date: 2009-01-09
By: LADB Staff

The big winner of the Oct. 5 first round and Oct. 26 runoff of the 2008 municipal elections was neither the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva nor the Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB) of former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002); it was the Partido do Movimento Democratico Brasileiro (PMDB). Brazil's new political map is marked by a deep uncertainty regarding the future of President Lula's government and that of his successor, who will be elected in 2010.

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