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Eduardo da Costa Paes (Brazilian Portuguese: [eˈdwaʁdu dɐ ˈkɔstɐ pɐjs], born 14 November 1969) is a Brazilian politician who was the 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
Vice MayorCarlos Alberto Muniz
Adilson Pires
Preceded byCesar Maia
Succeeded byMarcelo Crivella
Federal Deputy for Rio de Janeiro
In office
1 February 1999 – 1 February 2007
Councillor of Rio de Janeiro
In office
1 January 1997 – 1 February 1999
Personal details
Born (1969-11-14) 14 November 1969 (age 49)
Rio de Janeiro, GB, Brazil
Political partyPV (1994–1995)
PFL (1995–1999; 2001–2003)
PTB (1999–2001)
PSDB (2003–2007)
PMDB (2007–2018)
DEM (2018–present)
Spouse(s)Cristine Paes
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

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]


  1. ^ "Eduardo Paes is elected the mayor of Rio de Janeiro (in Portuguese)". 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  2. ^ "The mayor who brought the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro".
  3. ^ Taylor, Adam (1 October 2012). "Mayor Of Rio Accused Of Paying Rivals $500,000 To Drop Out Of Election". Business Insider. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ Jonathan Watts (11 July 2016). "Cities: Rio mayor Eduardo Paes: 'The Olympics are a missed opportunity for Brazil'". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
César Maia
52nd Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
Succeeded by
Marcelo Crivella
Party political offices
Preceded by
Luiz Paulo Conde
PMDB nominee for Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
2008, 2012
Succeeded by
Pedro Paulo