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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 523,000 applications submitted to register for the November municipal elections have set a record number of female candidates and, for the first time in history, a self-declared 'negro' (including both black 'preto' or mixed-race 'pardo') majority over those who identify themselves as white.

The increase in the number of blacks and females in the municipal mayoralty and city council disputes has been based on the establishment of gender quotas in the 1990s and the most recent quotas for the distribution of campaign funds and electoral propaganda, decisions taken by higher courts in . . .

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