Health Minister Wants to Postpone Brazil's City Elections

Mandetta fears politicization of the coronavirus pandemic

Brasília and São Paulo

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta defended on Sunday (22) the postponement of municipal elections this year because of the pandemic coronavirus.

In October, the population will go to the polls to elect 5,568 mayors and 57,931 councilors.

The mayor, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), disagreed with the minister of Jair Bolsonaro.

Jair Bolsonaro with Luiz Henrique Mandetta during a videoconference with mayors. Foto: Isac Nóbrega/PR - Isac Nóbrega/PR

The future president of the TSE (Superior Electoral Court), Minister of the Supreme Federal Court Luís Roberto Barroso, recalled that the date is foreseen in the Constitution, but that, if there is a change, he will work "with this new reality."

Mandetta suggested changing the date during a videoconference with mayors, in Brasília, promoted by the FNP (National Front of Mayors).

"It is time for Congress to look and speak like this: 'Postpone, make a buffer for these councilors and mayors,'" said the minister.

Mandetta thinks the elections should be postponed to avoid the politicization of the fight against coronavirus.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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