Brazil elects far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro to presidency

Posted October 31, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro's victory in the second round of presidential election voting on Sunday has moved Brazil sharply to the right after four elections won by the left-leaning Workers' Party.

However, polls published late Saturday from Brazil's two biggest surveying firms showed momentum shifting toward Haddad, though he still trails Bolsonaro by a solid margin.

As things stand, Rio de Janeiro is set to elect Wilson Witzel as its new governor, defeating Eduardo Paes in the runoff.

On October 8, a man stabbed to death an Afro-Brazilian artist, Romualdo Rosário da Costa, in Salvador, allegedly after the man became angry when da Costa revealed he had voted for Haddad in the first election round.

Whatever the comparison, what is clear is that country's sharp swing to the right will resonate beyond Brazil as another populist takes power. That was a blow to Bolsonaro's work positioning himself as the only anti-corruption candidate.

I write this message today with a light heart, with sincerity, so that it brings the best out in us all. "Freedom, equality and fraternity - always and at any cost".

"But I want to vote Haddad, because Bolsonaro's discourse of hate and intolerance is a risk for our country".

Bolsonaro, who early in his legislative career declared he was "in favor" of dictatorships and demanded that Congress be disbanded, vowed after his Sunday night win to adhere to democratic principles while holding up a copy of the nation's Constitution.

Haddad, a former mayor of Sao Paulo, took 44.3 per cent of the vote, according to the results released by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. In Brazil's commercial capital of Sao Paulo, Bolsonaro's win was greeted with fireworks and the honking of vehicle horns. A popular anti-corruption judge, Joaquim Barbosa, who jailed several top PT leaders for corruption, also came out for Haddad.

"We ran a campaign that was different from the others", the former military captain said.

Bolsonaro last visited Taiwan in March as a member of the Brazilian Congress "to get a first-hand understanding of the country's economic, trade, science and education development", ministry spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said. But his extreme messages were rendered more palatable by a ideal storm in Brazil: widespread anger at the political class after years of corruption, an economy that has struggled to recover from a punishing recession and a surge in violence. He has faced charges for misogynist, racist and homophobic rants. He called the case political persecution.

In particular, many Brazilians were furious with the Workers' Party for its role in the graft scheme revealed by the "Operation Car Wash" investigation, which uncovered billions of dollars in bribes paid to politicians via inflated construction contracts.

YouTuber Neto said he had been neutral until that point.

"I was never alone".

In the final two days of campaigning, Bolsonaro has sounded more moderate in his statements, backing down on a plan to follow U.S. President Donald Trump's example and pull Brazil out of the Paris climate change accord.

It's likely inevitable that his time in office will see "human rights violations and retrenchment of social and environmental policies", according to Elizabeth Leeds, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America. Election officials expected about half of all registered voters living overseas in MetroWest to cast a ballot Sunday - low compared to turnout in Brazil, where voting is compulsory for all literate citizens between the ages of 18 and 70, but high compared to participation in past elections by Brazilian expatriates, Benvenuti said.