RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil_ The government headed for overall victory today in national municipal elections but faced one possibly embarrassing defeat in the first voting since military rule ended in March.

The pro government Democratic Movement Partya strong supporter of President Jose Samey and its allies were expected to win in most of the 23 state capitals and 1787 smaller towns that elected mayors Friday.

But in San Pablo, the country’s largest city, the government faced possible defeat.

With over half the 4.8 million votes counted, former President Janio Quadros, supported by a loosely organized rightwing coalition, led pro government Sen. Fernando Henrique Cardosa38.5 percent to 34.6 percent.

Justice Minister Fernando Lyra said Friday a Quadros win would represent a government defeat.

Article extracted from this publication >>  November 22, 1985