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The elections are over and we already know the names of those councilors who will represent the people of Rio in the City Council (the most expensive in the nation) in the forthcoming mandate.
See below the new make-up of the Council for the coming term (2013-2016). Despite some new names elected, there were few major changes. The base of pro-government supporters remained in the majority, with 39 councilors affiliated to parties supporting the re-elected Mayor Eduardo Paes (PMDB), while there are 11 councilors from opposition parties and one independent councilor.
Two of More >
Democracy has strayed far from its origin as a system of governance giving all citizens equal access to decision-making authority and the opportunity to serve in office. Modern day political campaigns not only entail budgets reaching thousands, millions, or even hundreds of millions of dollars, but also require extensive networks of coalitions and connections, all of which completely soil the ideals of democracy. Countries, governments, and democratic systems differ, but in today’s democracies, at least one thing seems to be shared: you need money, and a lot of it, to be elected into political office.
But in Rio’s municipal elections, we are seeing More >
The ads for “vereadores” (city councilors) for Rio’s “Camâra“ (City Council) litter the streets of Rio during the campaign season, with this year’s ballot boasting more candidates than even the most politically informed voter could possibly keep track of. There are 51 seats on City Council simultaneously up for election every four years. There are no term limits, so conceivably ‘councilor’ could constitute a life-long occupation. Common across Brazilian politics, a diverse range of parties are present in the City Council. There are 20 parties currently represented, with the plurality being held by the Brazilian Democratic Movement Part (PMDB), which holds More >
Maria Garcez looked on devastated as City workers demolished her home in Favela do Metrô on November 4th, 2010. Her image accompanied RioOnWatch’s first report on the brutal eviction of the community to reportedly build a parking lot for the World Cup 2014 at the nearby Maracanã stadium, though to this day no official project for the site has been released.
Two years later we met up with Dona Maria, 65, at the apartment she shares with her granddaughter in Minha Casa, Minha Vida replacement housing in the distant West Zone neighborhood of Cosmos. With expressive outbursts in her thick Northeast accent, Dona Maria, who has More >
With elections approaching in Rio de Janeiro, political campaigns have a presence on every street corner, television, and billboard. But the complicated political system in Rio, and some of the implications of this system, go largely unknown not only by foreigners, but by many Cariocas as well. This critical moment for “The Marvelous City” is not only significant for Rio and its residents, but is of worldwide importance. Foreigners and Cariocas alike should have a basic understanding of the voting system in what can feel like a free-for-all that is Rio’s municipal elections.
Rio de Janeiro—and all of Brazil—boasts an impressive More >