Brazil elects Bolsonaro in major swing to the right

Brazil elects Bolsonaro in major swing to the right”

After 97 percent of ballots had been counted from yesterday's election, officials said the brash former army captain had won with 55.4 percent of the votes. The Sao Paulo stock market closed up 3.69% on the news. "There's always someone shouting from a vehicle, 'You are all going to die now, '" she said.

Trump called Bolsonaro to congratulate him on his victory.

Toni Reis, president of Brazil's National LGBTQ Alliance, which boasts 650 members across the country, had a more measured response to Bolsonaro's victory.

Bolsonaro has also spoken of moving Brazil's embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the only major country other than the United States to do so after Trump recognized the disputed holy city as Israel's capital.

The protesters marched in the evening with a banner reading "Dictatorship, never again" - a reference to Bolsonaro's outspoken admiration for the brutal military regime that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985.

His controversial comments on women and his praise of his country's former dictatorship may have left detractors fearful of a Jair Bolsonaro presidency in Brazil, but so far investors do not appear to be among them.

Yet the University of Chicago-trained economist, who is getting his first taste of public service, met with skepticism from more seasoned politicians.

Bolsonaro also said he wanted to name anti-corruption crusader Sergio Moro as justice minister, or else nominate the judge - the head of the massive "Car Wash" graft probe - to the Supreme Court.

"Ahead of the election, Deutsche Bank posted on Twitter that "... the neo-liberal Jair Bolsonaro is the preferred candidate of the markets". "People want the PT out, they can't take any more corruption", said Tatiana Cunha, a 39-year-old systems analyst during the noisy celebrations.

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.

One of the key polarizing issues concerned educational materials about gender identity that were proposed for classrooms.

Retired General Augusto Heleno, slated to become defense minister, told reporters that Bolsonaro has a positive view of a planned $4.75 billion joint venture between Boeing Co and Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA.

Vergolino said to prevent a rollback in rights for Brazil's most marginalized citizens, progressives must "resist without hate" but "with love".

"It's possible that even with his win, we could see a further wave of violence among Bolsonaro's supporters against those who backed his opponent", Santoro said.

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