Rousseff impeachment affects party in local elections

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Brazil’s Workers Party suffered the worst hit of its history with the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. Now the party is struggling to show some strength in this year’s municipal elections but expectations are of a week showing.

CCTV America’s Paulo Cabral reports.

Rousseff impeachment affects party in local elections

Rousseff impeachment affects party in local elections

Brazil’s Workers Party suffered the worst hit of its history with the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. Now the party is struggling to show some strength in this year’s municipal elections but expectations are of a week showing. CCTV America’s Paulo Cabral reports.

Sonia Gamba use to vote for the leftist Workers Party. She even keeps pictures of past political campaigns holding the party’s iconic red star.

It was a time when many saw them as the only ethical party in the country. The Workers Party was born during the late 1970’s strikes that helped to bring down military dictatorship, promising a different brand of politics once it got to power.

But for many past supporters, the party did not live up to the expectations created.

This year’s municipal elections will be a test for the party’s strength and it’s not looking good. Analysts may disagree on figures but there’s no dispute that party will come out of them much weaker.

The Workers Party remains the largest political group in Brazil’s left wing. But after the traumatic end of its thirteen years in power with the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff its future is all but certain.