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Eduardo da Costa Paes (Brazilian Portuguese: [eˈdwaʁdu dɐ ˈkɔstɐ pɐjs], born 14 November 1969) is a Brazilian politician who is the former mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, having defeated Fernando Gabeira in the 2008 Elections.[1] On 12 August 2012, at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, Paes received the Olympic Flag, via Jacques Rogge, from London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

Eduardo Paes
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52nd Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
In office
1 January 2009 – 1 January 2017
Preceded by Cesar Maia
Succeeded by Marcelo Crivella
Personal details
Born (1969-11-14) 14 November 1969 (age 48)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Political party PV (1994–1995)
PFL (1995–1999; 2001–2003)
PTB (1999–2001)
PSDB (2003–2007)
MDB (2007–present)
Spouse(s) Cristine Paes
Children 2
Residence Rio de Janeiro
Alma mater Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Profession Lawyer, politician

Paes was a noted trenchant critic of the Lula administration, particularly during the Mensalão scandal in 2005 over alleged payments to congressmen for votes.[2] When it came to his administration as Rio de Janeiro's mayor, scandals continued to occur.[3]

As mayor during the bid, preparation and execution of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Paes has faced many challenges, balancing the demands and opportunities of the Olympics, with the needs of the Cariocas, the people of Rio de Janeiro.[4]


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