The Heat: Brazil Elections Pt1

Is a Far-Right Wave Building in Latin America, Beginning in Brazil?

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The final numbers showed a steady increase in Bolsonaro's support in comparison to the last opinion polls.

Far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro scored a decisive victory in the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections, landing 46.7 percent of the vote.

Many voters are deeply distrustful of the PT and the party's figurehead, Lula, as a result of their involvement in corruption scandals in recent years.

"The evils and damages of corruption hurt the people in many ways".

Bolsonaro is a controversial figure, who has a developed a reputation for extremism and offensiveness. He also echoed Trump when he called on his social media followers to "make Brazil great".

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"Of course we sometimes use synonyms", he said of his reputation for making incendiary and highly offensive comments about Brazil's black and gay communities and women.

Glauco Peres, a University of São Paulo political scientist, predicted that in the absence of concrete policy proposals, fear would remain Bolsonaro's main weapon as the second round approached. Brazil has always been the world leader in homicides, with a record 63,880 people slain previous year, according the Brazilian Public Security Forum, an independent think-tank.

But Eduardo Bolsonaro, Jair's son, asked supporters to film themselves voting in case they faced problems, violating the law. The evangelical caucus picked up many seats, as did the agro-industry lobby, which wants to shut down Brazil's already badly weakened environmental protection agency, and reduce or cancel Indigenous land designations, opening much more of the Amazon rain forest to logging and mining.

However, political analysts said that by highlighting his ties to Lula, Haddad also played into the hands of Bolsonaro, who is riding a wave of anger at the Workers Party, which his supporters blame for widespread corruption, rising crime and recession.

He has vowed to end the designation of indigenous lands, saying such reserves impede development and give special privilege to native peoples that others don't get.

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"The probability of Bolsonaro coming out victorious seems pretty big right now", Meireles told AFP. "We have to believe in our Brazil". In all respects, the disgusting Brazilian military dictatorship that took over Brazil and ruled it for 21 years - torturing and summarily executing dissidents, with the support of the U.S. and United Kingdom in the name of fighting Communists - is his model of governance.

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"My administration will have authority, not authoritarianism", he said.

He is a former captain in the Brazilian military and presenter Stephen Fry recently stated that Bolsonaro's fantasy militarism made his interview with him "one of the most chilling confrontations" he has ever had. Bolsonaro himself fell just short of winning the 50% needed to win the presidency without a run-off. He will likely face much tougher scrutiny and questioning by reporters over the next three weeks.

Bolsonaro's once-tiny Social Liberal Party (PSL) was poised to land 51 of the 513 seats in the lower house of Congress, according to projections by investment firm XP Investimentos, trailing only his rival Fernando Haddad's leftist Workers' Party (PT), which is expected to take 57 seats.

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