Almost 20 million Brazilian men and women voted Tuesday (15 Nov) for a new General Legislature and thousands of lesser offices.
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Background: Almost 20 million Brazilian men and women voted Tuesday (15 Nov) for a new General Legislature and thousands of lesser offices. At least six people died and seven others were wounded throughout the country in election day violence.
In a final message to the people at the end of a generally quiet campaign, President Humberto Castello Branco asked the nation to vote for candidates of the official Alliance for National Renewal to assure, as he put it, "the continuance of the revolution."
The opposition Brazilian Democratic Movement Party won the draw to be allowed to campaign on the last day before the election and are seen in this film. The opposition includes most members of former President Joao Goulart's Brazilian Labor Party. It concentrated its efforts in major cities where it was given a good chance of victory. A heavy rural vote for President Castello Branco's party was expected to off-set any urban opposition victories.
At stake were 23 of the 66 Federal Senate seats, all 409 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, seats in 22 state legislatures, and mayor's posts in 2,251 municipalities.
President Castello Branco, a retired marshal and former army chief of staff, heads an anti-Communist "revolutionary movement" that came to power in April 1964, with the military overthrow of President Joao Goulart's leftist regime. The new government has had to fight severe inflation with restrictive wage and credit policies.