Center-right mayor faces socialist in Brazilian metropolis
Added 11-29-20 01:03:01am EST - “The mayor of the largest city in the Americas is trying to fend off a reelection challenge from the socialist leader of a squatters movement as 57 Brazilian cities hold runoff elections on Sunday.” - Washingtontimes.com
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SAO PAULO (AP) - The mayor of the largest city in the Americas is trying to fend off a reelection challenge from the socialist leader of a squatters movement as 57 Brazilian cities hold runoff elections on Sunday.
Guilherme Boulos, backed by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, pushed his way into a surprising runoff with 40-year-old Mayor Bruno Covas.
Covas, the grandson of a former state governor, is a close ally of current Gov. João Doria, his predecessor as mayor, and a strong showing might boost Doria’s presidential aspirations for the center-right Social Democracy Party.
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He has campaigned on his performance leading the city of 12 million people through the COVID-19 pandemic, helping set up field hospitals and pushing for restrictions on activity while challenging President Jair Bolsonaro’s dimissal of the disease’s seriousness. A cancer survivor, he also recovered from a bout with the virus in June.
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