Anti-Communist lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidential election on Sunday.
The new Brazilian leader promises to fight corruption and crime in the world’s fourth-largest Democracy.
Jair Bolsonaro is the next President of Brazil.
A democracy with over 200 million people–one that went through terrible years of military dictatorship–is in mortal danger.
History *can* repeat itself: the first time as tragedy, the second time as tragedy all over again. pic.twitter.com/0hEQRomR3x
— Yascha Mounk (@Yascha_Mounk) October 28, 2018
Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, riding a wave of frustration over corruption and crime that brought a dramatic swing to the right in the world’s fourth-largest democracy.
With 94 percent of ballots counted, Bolsonaro had 56 percent of the votes in the run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who had 44 percent, according to the electoral authority TSE.
“We cannot continue flirting with communism … We are going to change the destiny of Brazil,” Bolsonaro said in an acceptance address in which he vowed to carry out his campaign promises to stamp out corruption after years of leftist rule.
The former army captain’s rise has been propelled by rejection of the leftist PT that ran Brazil for 13 of the last 15 years and was ousted two years ago in the midst of a deep recession and political graft scandal.
Of course, Reuters calls Bolsonaro “far right” because he openly opposes communism.
Jair Bolsonaro wins in Brazil. Celebration begins in Manaus. pic.twitter.com/F7URYcU9HF
— Cody Weddle (@coweddle) October 28, 2018
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