Far-Right Candidate Wins Brazil's Presidential Election

Brazils right-wing candidate poised to win presidential election
Brazil elections: Far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro set to win
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31 October, 2018

The runner-up has vowed to "defend freedoms" of president-elect's opponents.

Brazil is the fifth largest country on Earth, and with the electoral victory of Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, its politics just took a giant step to the right.

Several hundred PT demonstrators protested Bolsonaro's victory on Sao Paulo's main Paulista Avenue before police dispersed them using tear gas.

In an ironic twist of fate, he was himself stabbed in the stomach at a campaign rally in September, by an attacker who said God had sent him to kill Mr Bolsonaro.

The German government said in a statement on Monday that it hoped to maintain a bilateral relationship with Brazil "on the basis of our joint values".

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro waves to his supporters as he leaves a polling station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018.

In France, National Front leader Marine Le Pen wished Bolsonaro good luck and blamed Brazil's crime and corruption on the "extreme left".

"By preventing former president Lula da Silva, Brazil's most popular politician, from running in this election, the country's right-wing elites subverted democracy and paved the way for a risky fascist to take power", Weisbrot said.

"We are going to change Brazil's destiny", he said.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International said that taking into account his campaign pledges, Mr Bolsonaro's victory could pose a "huge risk" to Brazil's indigenous peoples, LGBT communities, black youth, women, activists and civil society organisations.

Bolsonaro is a former Army officer with a history of making racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments.

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The former army captain has commented that he would rather his sons die than come out as gay, and told a female politician that she "wasn't worth raping". He said that "we will shoot" Workers Party supporters and told "leftist outlaws" to either leave the country or find themselves in jail.

The highly controversial Lula, who stands accused of masterminding the massive pilfering of state oil company Petrobras, is serving a 12-year sentence for bribery.

Haddad won in the north-east of Brazil, the heartland of the Workers' Party and the stronghold of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whom Haddad replaced on the Workers' Party ticket after Lula was barred from running due to his corruption conviction.

He has praised Brazil's former military dictatorship, spoken in favor of torture and threatened to destroy, imprison or banish his political opponents.

The election was fought in a febrile and often violent atmosphere, with Brazilians bombarded by WhatsApp messages from Bolsonaro's camp attacking Haddad.

A far-right military man vowing to rescue Brazil from crisis with a firm grip looks set to become the country's next president as it heads to the polls for a divisive run-off election Sunday.

In Sao Paulo, the economic capital, Marcos Kotait, 40, a publicist, said he had "never seen such a polarized election" as he waited to cast his ballot.

Despite Bolsonaro breaking convention with Beijing's "one China" policy with his visit to Taiwan, Lu said China - Brazil's largest trading partner - is "willing to continue to work with Brazil" to boost their strategic partnership. In 2016, then-President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party was impeached and removed from office on charges that many on the left felt were politically motivated.

Across Massachusetts, some 35,000 Brazilians were registered to vote in Sunday's election, according to Mariana Benvenuti, a deputy at the Brazilian consulate in Boston.

The results are expected around 2300 GMT.


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