BRAZIL: The Candidates

From green hilltops to white beaches Rio echoed with speeches and campaign songs, and the walls were splashed with posters. Seven hundred candidates—a mixed bag of newsmen, poets, businessmen, radio humorists, housewives and even a bookmaker—were noisily campaigning for the 50 council seats at stake in next month's municipal elections. They represented 14 political parties.

In the suburbs, Government supporters staged festinhas (little parties) during the hot summer evenings. Communists organized samba clubs, ran off dancing contests. Winners got loving cups marked with such slogans as "More If You Want It" and "Each Year It's Better." Observers gave the Communists a...

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