Brazil. According to
countryaah, the October 17 and 28 municipal elections were a
great success for the ruling Labor Party (PT's) candidates.
PT holds the mayor post in 636 municipalities, a
considerable increase from 554, and won among other things.
the mayor's post in São Paulo. PT's coalition partners and
the country's largest party, the Brazilian Democratic
Movement Party (PMDB), still dominate at the municipal level
with 1,098 municipalities and govern, among other things. in
Rio de Janeiro, but the total population in municipalities
governed by PT is larger, nearly 37 million. However,
several small parties simultaneously strengthened their
positions, notably the Socialist Party (PSB), which won over
PT in five state capitals, including. the important Recife,
Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza. Otherwise, PT controls only
the smaller capitals of the states of Paraíba, Acre and
On November 6, Congress voted for royalties from the
newly discovered oil sources off the coast of Rio de Janeiro
to be distributed equally among all of the state's states.
The decision led to widespread protests in Rio at the end of
the month, thus losing large incomes, which it was hoped,
above all, to use to finance part of the costs of the 2014
Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
In November, the judges arrived in the judicial process,
the so-called mensalau scandal in 2005, where a number of
high-ranking politicians within the PT party received bribes
in exchange for favorable political decisions. José Genoino,
the then party secretary, was sentenced to nearly seven
years in prison and President Lula da Silva's closest man
and the scandal's leading author José Dirceu was sentenced
to nearly eleven years in prison. The party itself, just as
several times before, claimed that the whole process and the
Supreme Court's judgments have political purposes.
Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, was hit by a
crime wave just before the carnival in February, when a
third of the state's police force went on strike for higher
wages. The number of murders doubled overnight, and
businesses were forced to close due to looting and vandalism
before the strike was canceled.