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Al Jazeera 15 Nov 2020

Brazil municipal elections a test of President Bolsonaro's appeal

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is about to face his first political test since coming to power two years ago, as people vote in municipal elections later on Sunday.
Bolsonaro has been criticised for his response to the coronavirus pandemic which has killed more than 165,000 people in Brazil.
Polls show that his candidates are expected to do badly.
For the first time in the history of Brazil, more than half of the candidates are Black, more than 30 percent are women and three times more transsexuals are running for office compared with three years ago.

Al Jazeera's Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Two years after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's election upended the political gameboard, Brazil votes Sunday in municipal polls that analysts say will likely consolidate its shift to the right.
Two years after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's election upended the political gameboard, Brazil votes Sunday in municipal polls that analysts say will likely consolidate its shift to the right.
President Donald Trump has arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he will remain "for the next few days" following his positive test for the coronavirus.

Trump walked out of the White House residence Friday evening clad in a mask, offering a wave and a thumbs up to reporters as he boarded Marine One to travel to the medical center in Bethesda, Md.

The president was able to make the walk under his own power, and he saluted the Marine outside the helicopter door before boarding. Trump was followed by chief of staff Mark Meadows and members of the White House medical unit.

A small crowd had gathered outside Walter Reed Medical Center as Trump arrived at 6:30 p.m., snapping photos through the fence.

The White House has said Trump's symptoms are mild and that he is in good spirits.

"President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.


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Shaken by the world's second deadliest #coronavirus outbreak and deep economic crisis, Brazilians voted on Sunday for experienced politicians from traditional parties in local #elections, a move that may damage reelection hopes for President Jair #Bolsonaro.

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