Brazil ruling party wins coveted Sao Paulo mayorship

October 29, 2012 02:34

SAO PAULO - Brazil's ruling Workers' Party won the mayorship of Sao Paulo in elections on Sunday, giving it control of the country's biggest city and a prize it had long coveted, but the party's candidates lost two key races in its traditional stronghold in the northeast.

Former Education Minister Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party took 56 percent of the runoff vote, beating former Governor Jose Serra from the centrist PSDB party to capture the mayor's race in Sao Paulo, official results showed.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other senior figures from her left-leaning party vigorously campaigned on behalf of Haddad, hoping to win control of the city of 11 million and Brazil's financial capital.

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