Brazil Elects Self-Styled Right Wing Strongman Jair Bolsonaro


In Rio de Janeiro, the most emblematic city of the country, more than 200 people marched up the stairs of the Municipal Chamber with banners such as "No More Torture" or "Not Him" and shouting slogans against Bolsonaro, a nostalgic of the military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985), and his ideology, Efe reported.

May Boeve, executive director at climate NGO, warned that a Bolsonaro presidency posed "a real threat to human rights at home and a risk to the momentum for climate action overseas". In one of the most fragmented Congresses in Brazilian history, it will be a leading opposition force. "To increase deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions is to leave each and everyone of us more vulnerable to an increasing risk of climate extremes".

President-elect Bolsonaro has already started rolling out key points in his hardline agenda, including a move to merge the agriculture and environment ministries that activists warn will imperil the Amazon rainforest.

Bolsonaro, who outraged many with his vitriolic and intolerant rhetoric during the campaign, had struck a more conciliatory tone in the home stretch.

The 63-year-old former paratrooper joins a list of populist, right-wing figures to win elections in recent years that include Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

"We are entering a tragic time in which environmental protection will amount to nothing". Late on Monday, Bolsonaro said in an interview with Globo TV that he would cut government advertising funds that flow to any "lying" media outlets.

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"This is someone who said that the dictatorship brazilian had not killed enough, he would have had to kill the 30,000 other people, that the police should have the right to shoot suspects, that (the supporters of) the left would have the choice between exile or prison", says Mr. Weisbrot.

Following behind-closed-door talks on Tuesday, Bolsonaro's top economic adviser Paulo Guedes confirmed that an economic super-ministry would be formed combining finance, planning, industry and trade. However, Bosch's CEO in Brazil, Wolfram Anders, sees the positive stock market move as speculative, not sustainable.

On the diplomatic front, Lorenzoni said Bolsonaro's first foreign trips would be to Chile, Israel and the United States, countries that "share our worldview".

Guedes, who wants to privatize an array of state firms, said on Sunday the new government will try to erase Brazil's budget deficit within a year, simplify and reduce taxes, and create 10 million jobs by cutting payroll taxes. In a now infamous 1999 television interview Bolsonaro also said: "You'll never change anything in this country through voting".

"Those who don't respect the law need to understand they will be held responsible, either before the law or by being taken down", he said.