'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro elected Brazil president

Clark Diaz
October 31, 2018

The runner-up has vowed to "defend freedoms" of president-elect's opponents.

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.

After he secured the victory, Bolsonaro's supporters took to the streets to celebrate.

Bolsonaro made his own final pitch on social media, the only place he has campaigned since an attacker stabbed him in the stomach at a rally last month, sending him to the hospital for three weeks. Voting machines furnished by the Brazilian government were transported to Framingham to facilitate the election.

A supporter of Jair Bolsonaro salutes during a celebration in front of his residence after he was declared the victor of the election runoff, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday.

Bolsonaro, who has run on fighting government corruption and cracking down on crime, and whose populist and often incendiary rhetoric has brought comparisons to Trump's presidential campaign, declared victory Sunday night. He has a history of disparaging remarks against LGBT people, women and minorities and has spoken of his support for torture and extrajudicial police killings.

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He's also talked fondly of Brazil's military dictatorship, which ruled the country with brutality from 1964 to 1985, saying it should have killed more dissidents instead of jailing them. The Workers' Party founder, known simply as Lula, is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.

Haddad stood as a surrogate for the popular - but imprisoned - ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who led Brazil through the boom years of 2003 to 2010, before both the country and his left-wing political project went bust.

But in an anti-establishment climate, his law-and-order message has resonated.

Laura Chinchilla, the former president of Costa Rica who is head of the Organization of American States' Electoral Observation Mission, said the vote had been calm and orderly across the country, which has suffered a spate of partisan violence during the campaign.

"I'm not very enthusiastic, because I don't really like either candidate", Elias Chaim, 23, an engineering student and music producer, told AFP at a polling station facing the legendary beach of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro.

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As late as Sunday morning, Haddad was still holding out hope that he could win after receiving 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". Such measures won him the support of many within the business community, as well as people exhausted of the stagnant wages and weak economic growth that followed the economic boom and bust under the previous socialist administration.

"Tomorrow we start a new country", said Mario Marcondes, a 61-year-old pilot who gathered with other supporters outside Bolsonaro's house.

On the one hand, Bolsonaro's views, which include telling black Brazilian activists they should be sent "back to the zoo", are repulsive to many in Brazil.

For the past two years, the country has been led by a conservative, Michel Temer, following the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

An advocate of gun rights, Bolsonaro has proposed to loosen gun ownership laws, and threatened to unleash a war on drugs in Brazil.

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The results are expected around 2300 GMT.

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