Brazil Elects First Indigenous Woman and Transgender to Congress

For the first time in its history, Brazil elected an indigenous woman and a transgender woman to the lower house of Congress.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Though presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad dominated Brazil's post-election headlines, two traditionally disenfranchised groups earned hard-fought victories on Sunday as Brazil elected its first-ever indigenous woman and transgender to Congress.

With more than eight thousand votes, Joênia Wapichana, a lawyer from the the northern state of Roraima, became the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Chamber of Deputies . . .

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