Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazilian presidential election in victory for the far right

Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazilian presidential election in victory for the far right

He defeated Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party with 55 percent of the vote. The Sao Paulo stock market closed up 3.69% on the news.

Licking their wounds, many party leaders can not help looking back to the past as they diagnose what went wrong.

Trump called Bolsonaro to wish him good luck, auguring closer political ties between the two largest economies in the Americas - both now led by conservative populists promising to overturn the political establishment.

Pompeo congratulated Bolsonaro on his win and "reinforced the vibrant partnership between the United States and Brazil based on our mutual commitment to promote security, democracy, economic prosperity, and human rights", said a statement issued by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

Mr. Bolsonaro brings to high office the promise to reduce regulation and tax and boost investor confidence, and also the threat to more extensively exploit Brazil's vast natural resources, including the Amazon rainforest; he has proposed to build a highway through it.

Bolsonaro was referring to the hundreds of millions of reais the Brazilian government spends in advertising each year in local media outlets, mainly for promotions of state-run firms.

In his television interview Bolsonaro - who recently threatened to exile or jail "red outlaws" - said he expected "fierce" opposition but would not seek "to crush" such dissent.

His once-mighty Workers' Party said Tuesday the election was tainted by Moro's probe, and vowed "resistance" to Bolsonaro's government.

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Third-place presidential candidate Ciro Gomes, a centre-leftist, accused the PT of aiding and abetting Bolsonaro's rise.

In one of his first television interviews since being elected on Sunday with almost 58mn votes, the former paratrooper, who is notorious for his inflammatory rhetoric, did little to suggest he would temper his discourse after taking power on January 1.

In the few weeks between the first round of presidential elections on October 7 and his victory on Sunday, Bolsonaro has been at the hub of several controversies and, according to Brazilian news reports, served as inspiration for violence against LGBTQ people, social justice activists and journalists.

"We don't believe that half of Brazil's population is fascist", Carol Vergolino, a member of the Juntas collective, told NBC News.

The former army captain won a sweeping election victory on Sunday.

"(Bolsonaro) is a soldier", Mariscal said.

"We want to continue to be able to work with them, and we'll see what happens from there", she said.

"We need a minister with a specific role, not linked to the economy ministry, which worries more about revenues and public finances", it said.

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