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Brazil Votes with Far-Right Candidate Favorite

Brazil Votes with Far-Right Candidate Favorite

Brazil's presidential election is being held Sunday, Oct. 28, and the projected victor is Social Liberal Party candidate Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician who is making comparisons as Brazil's answer to Donald Trump.

Bolsonaro defeated the Workers Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, after a campaign tarred by political violence.

Bolsonaro, who ran on promises to clean up Brazil and bring back "traditional values", said he would respect the constitution and personal liberty. He's now been announced as the president-elect.

Bolsonaro won 55.2 percent of votes in a run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who garnered 44.8 percent, according to electoral authority TSE.

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan has more from Rio de Janeiro.

So this is going to be a big bet for the U.S. and they're willing (to support) this victory of Bolsonaro in Brazil.

Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach last month during a rally in the city of Juiz de Fora, in Minas Gerais state.

"God willing, tomorrow will be our new independence day", he tweeted. The people have spoken. "For the first time I feel represented", said Andre Luiz Lobo, 38, a businessman who - not incidentally, given the accusations of racism against his candidate - is black.

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in front of his residence in Rio de Janeiro.

Bolsonaro takes office on January 1.

In his victory speech, broadcast via Facebook, he vowed to to "change Brazil's destiny together".

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"We can not continue flirting with communism".

The Latin American giant's election comes on the heels of its worst-ever recession, a staggering multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal and a year of record-setting violent crime. They are also anxious about the rights of minorities following homophobic, racist and misogynistic remarks Bolsonaro made during the campaign and before.

The former Army captain and representative of the Liberal Social Party (PSL) has already phoned Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez, to express his intention to strengthen ties in case of being elected today, October 28 -as the president posted on Twitter-, the Vermelho website reported. He twice told a female colleague in Congress she was too ugly to be raped, said a dead son was preferable to a gay one and often disparaged blacks and indigenous people.

His victory moved Brazil, the world's fourth-largest democracy, sharply to the right, after four consecutive elections in which candidates from the left-leaning Workers' Party won. In May he said selling off state-owned companies from lender Banco do Brasil to oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA (known as Petrobras) would allow the country to pay off its debts and better fund local governments. "But he is our way to keep the Workers' Party out of office", said Rafaela Rosa, a 32-year-old teacher, after voting Sunday in Sao Paulo.

Guedes, who wants to privatize an array of state enterprises, said the new government will try to erase Brazil's unsustainable budget within a year, simplify and reduce taxes, and create 10 million jobs by cutting payroll taxes.

Two years ago he commented that the dictatorship's mistake was "to torture and not kill" leftist dissidents, and during his campaign he vowed to send opponents "into exile or into prison".

As late as Sunday morning, Haddad was still holding out hope that he could win after several key endorsements late Saturday.

In Sao Paulo, the economic capital, Marcos Kotait, 40, a publicist, said he had "never seen such a polarized election".

"They didn't have any proof", he said.

Bolsonaro voted in a military district in Rio de Janeiro, greeted by supporters shouting "legend" and "president". There were numerous reports of politically motivated violence, especially directed at gay people.

For the past two years, the country has been led by a conservative, Michel Temer, following the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. However, the PSL, despite a remarkable surge that saw it win 52 seats in the legislative election earlier this month, is still behind the PT (56 seats) in Congress. Bolsonaro will also have to work with as many as 28 other parties in the House, which could make it hard to implement his radical agenda.


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