Brazilian mayor, 65, married 16-year-old beauty queen – his sixth wife – two days after appointing her MOTHER to city government post
- Hissam Hussein Dehaini, the mayor of the southern Brazilian city of Aracáuria, married 16-year-old Kauane Rode Dehaini
- The couple tied the knot on April 15, four days after the beauty queen’s birthday
- The mayor came under fire for naming his teenage wife’s mother as the city’s secretary of Culture and Tourism shortly before they wed
A 65-year-old mayor in Brazil recently came under fire after it was revealed that he married a 16-year-old girl just days after appointing her mother to a top city government post.
Aracáuria Mayor Hissam Hussein Dehaini wed Kauane Rode Dehaini on April 15, four days after she turned 16-years-old. The mayor, who has been married six times, had named his latest bride’s mother, Marilene Rode, as the city’s secretary of Culture and Tourism days before the ceremony.
The mayor’s new mother-in-law, who previously served as the city’s director of the Department of Education, got a $1,500 raise with her new position.
The teenager’s aunt, Elizangela Rode, had also been working as the city’s planning secretary since October 2022.
Hissam Hussein Dehaini (left), the mayor of Aracáuria, Brazil, wed Kauane Rode Dehaini (right) on April 15, four days after she turned 16 years old. The marriage raised questions after it was revealed that the mayor had named his teenage wife’s mother as the city’s secretary of Culture and Tourism
Marilene Rode was removed for her role as secretary of Tourism and Culture on Tuesday
However, the second term mayor removed Marilene Rode and Elizangela Rode for their roles on Tuesday after Paraná state prosecutors announced they were looking into whether he used his influence as a public official to hire family members to government positions.
In a statement, the city defended Rode’s hiring, arguing ‘that the servant in question meets the necessary conditions for the exercise of the position, since she has 26 years of experience in the public service.’
According to Brazilian news outlet G1, Marilene Rode had been employed by the city of Aracauría since August 9, 2021 when she was named advisor to the municipal secretary. Eight days later, she received a promotion to become Hissam Hussein Dehaini’s executive assistant.
In January 2022, Rode was named director of the Aracauría Department of Education.
Hissam Hussein Dehaini (left), the 65-year-old Brazilian mayor, with his sixth wife, 16-year-old Kauane Rode Dehaini (right)
Mayor Hissam Hussein Dehaini also came under fire for his hiring practices during his first term in office when he appointed family members of his then wife to government gigs.
In 2019, the Civil Society Organization of Public Interest investigated him for naming multiple family members, including his wife at the time and two daughters, to city government roles. He was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Hissam Hussein Dehaini, a father to 16 children, has been married six times, tying the knot for the first time in 1980, G1 learned.
The outlet also reported that he was arrested in November 2000 as part of a drug trafficking investigation. Prosecutors alleged that he was protecting drug traffickers and bribing police officers for protection. He was not convicted of any of the charges.