Brazil Elects Self-Styled Right Wing Strongman Jair Bolsonaro

Pablo Tucker
November 3, 2018

The Brazilian judge at the center of a sprawling investigation into kickbacks to politicians is considering joining the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

He noted that Nigeria shares historical and cultural ties with Brazil. Mr. Bolsonaro swept a runoff election over the weekend, winning almost 55% of the vote to defeat the left-of-centre Fernando Haddad.

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

Trump congratulated Bolsonaro by telephone, tweeting that the two had an "excellent" call and agreed "that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on trade, military and everything else!"

Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who will take office January 1, said during an interview after his Sunday election that he would ask federal judge Sergio Moro to be his justice minister or fill a future vacancy on the supreme court.


Bolsonaro has publicly mocked women and their appearance - once telling a female lawmaker that, "I wouldn't rape you because you don't deserve it" - mocked minority groups, threatened to jail his political opponents and warned that immigrants are eroding Brazilian culture.

"I don't idolize Bolsonaro and I don't know if he will govern well, but we are hopeful".

"The future president must respect institutions, must respect democracy, the rule of law, the judiciary branch, the national Congress and the legislative branch", Toffoli said in remarks many took to be a rebuke of Bolsonaro.

Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 3.7 per cent on Tuesday, boosted by strong corporate earnings and the resolve shown by Guedes on pension reform. He said he was committed to fiscal discipline and called for the early elimination of the federal government´s budget deficit.

"The exact details of how his administration plans to achieve (its) objectives are limited", wrote Fitch analysts led by Shelly Shetty.


Onyx Lorenzoni, a fellow congressman whom Bolsonaro has tapped as chief of staff, told journalists that Guedes would be responsible for structuring the government's relationship with an independent, autonomous central bank with targets.

Rodrigues said since Bolsonaro started leading in the presidential polls, people have become more emboldened in terms of publicly expressing anti-gay views.

"To increase deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions is to leave each and every one of us more vulnerable to an increasing risk of climate extremes", said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory.

Bolsonaro appeared to try to allay those concerns Sunday night, saying he would "pacify" Brazil following a race that revealed deep divisions and was repeatedly marred by violence.


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