Brazils right-wing candidate poised to win presidential election

Brazils right-wing candidate poised to win presidential election

Brazils right-wing candidate poised to win presidential election

"Using blunt attacks that are not new in Brazil, he is an authentic voice against a corrupt political class that has dug the country into a very deep hole". The candidate himself was stabbed and nearly died while campaigning in early September, and there were numerous reports of politically motivated violence, especially directed at gay people.

"You are as Brazilian as any of us", he said in a video posted on social media.

Washington, DC ― The election of far-right extremist Jair Bolsonaro to Brazil's presidency throws Brazil's democracy into "crisis", Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director Mark Weisbrot warned tonight, following news of the election results.

28 de octubre de 2018, 00:20Brasilia, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) The leader of vote-intention polls to date, Brazilian extreme right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is articulating strategies with other Latin American politicians to integrate a conservative alliance in the continent. He also said he would name military men to his Cabinet. He had struggled to overcome voters hatred of the Workers Party.

His rise has been propelled by a rejection of the leftist Worker's Party that has governed Brazil for over a decade. "Their participation is a testament to the strong democratic convictions of the people of Brazil", Freeland said in a statement released today.

Have the right to vote more than 147 million voters.

"We wish him a lot of success in his management and hope that his government will contribute to promote peace and freedom in all the countries in the region", tweeted Lillian Tintori, wife of the Venezuelan dissident Leopoldo López. "Our country deserves the best".

The sea of supporters outside his home celebrated ecstatically.

In Taipei, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday extended its congratulations on its Twitter account: "We congratulate @jairbolsonaro on his victory in #Brazil's presidential election".

Political analysts and activists reacted in grim tones.

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A week ago, Bolsonaro vowed to run all the "red" leftists out of Brazil or put them in jail, harsh words that probably contributed to the narrowing of his lead.

Along the way, Bolsonaro's candidacy also raised serious concerns that he would roll back civil rights and weaken institutions in what remains a young democracy. The website of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) recalled that in 2016, the Brazilian extreme right ring praised Macri's economic practices, as a result of which two years later, in 2018, the Argentinean peso was devaluated by almost 100 percent against the U.S. dollar.

Bolsonaro has promised to cut bureaucracy for businesses.

"We will change Brazil's destiny together".

But he is also very much a product of a ideal storm in Brazil that made his messages less marginalised.

For the past four years, Brazil has been consumed by a criminal investigation - known as Operation Car Wash - that has uncovered massive corruption. The economy suffered a two-year recession and is only now beginning to emerge, with growth stagnant and unemployment high.

Many observers predicted that a newcomer would emerge to harness that anti-establishment anger.

His son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, considered one of the most influential voices in his father's campaign, told Bloomberg in August that Brazil should sever ties with Venezuela's socialist government and distance itself from Iran, which supports multiple terror groups, while getting closer with Israel. "This was like a soccer game, a dispute that is over".

Peter Prengaman is the AP's Brazil news director, based in Rio de Janeiro.

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