Brazil: In the ARENA

It was the first general election since the army toppled President Joao Goulart almost three years ago, and Brazilians took their voting seriously. There were the usual murders in various election brawls. In some remote western areas, voters traveled 19 days in order to reach the nearest ballot box. As the votes came in last week, they pointed toward a resounding sweep for the government's ARENA Party.

At stake were 23 seats in the 66-member federal Senate, all 409 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, plus all 22 state legislatures, local councils...

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