Conservatives gaining force in Brazil Congress

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In this Sept. 28, 2014 photo, members of the God's Assembly, Restoration Ministry Church react to the words of Pentecostal preacher Dione dos Santos in the Coreia shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Oct. 6 general election saw a greater share of Brazilís National Congress seats go to various conservative caucuses, who now control nearly 60 percent of the 513 seats in the lower house. They include evangelical lawmakers who oppose gay marriage or access to abortion; the ìruralistasî whose pro-agriculture positions counter environmentalists and indigenous groups; and a law-and-order faction that demands a crackdown on crime. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With its Carnival reputation and skin-baring beach life, Brazil may look like a liberal bastion. But unease over a worsening economy and deteriorating public safety, plus a backlash against recent gay-rights gains, are propelling a conservative rise that will shape the next administration, regardless of who wins the presidency.