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Jair Bolsonaro, ‘the Tropical Trump’ to become Brazil’s President

2018-10-29

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was on October 28, 2018 declared as the winner of Brazil’s 2018 Presidential Elections by a wide margin. Bolsonaro swept the election results with 55.1 per cent of the votes cast, as against 44.8 per cent votes of his opponent, Fernando Haddad from the left-wing Workers' Party (PT).

Jair Bolsonaro, aged 63, is a retired army officer and member of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), an anti-establishment group that combines social conservatism and pro-market policies.

The right-winger was compared to US President Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, due to his misogynistic, racist and homophobic remarks.

Bolsonaro's promises to open up tracks of the Amazon rainforest to development led environmental groups to say that his election would be a "profound setback."

 



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