Right-wing Politicians in Bolivia, Venezuela Fawning Over Bolsonaro Win

Terry Joseph
October 31, 2018

As late as Sunday morning, Haddad was still holding out hope that he could win after receiving several key endorsements late Saturday. There is much evidence his candidacy was aided by a massive, probably illegal, disinformation campaign against his opponents. Supporters gathered in front and sang, "We can dream".

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"By preventing former president Lula da Silva, Brazil's most popular politician, from running in this election, the country's right-wing elites subverted democracy and paved the way for a unsafe fascist to take power", Weisbrot said.

But the race narrowed after last-minute criticism over the weekend - including from a supreme court justice who tweeted he was "scared" by a Bolsonaro presidency, and a prominent YouTuber.

But he fell short of the 50 per cent needed to win outright and avoid a runoff against Haddad, from the Workers' Party.

Despite Bolsonaro breaking convention with Beijing's "one China" policy with his visit to Taiwan, Lu said China - Brazil's largest trading partner - is "willing to continue to work with Brazil" to boost their strategic partnership.

"I was never alone".

Although many voters expressed strong dislike for Bolsonaro, even more rejected Haddad and his Workers' Party, which had won the past four presidential elections.

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"In terms of the military coming back, I think this is a very remote possibility, if it is a possibility".

Bolsonaro has repeatedly said he would pull Brazil from the Paris agreement on climate change, though last week he backed off on that. "We're already seeing it now".

President Trump called Brazil's new conservative president to congratulate the controversial leader who has praised the country's former military dictatorship and made disparaging remarks about women, Afro-Brazilians, and the LGBT community.

Though it was clear da Silva's candidacy would eventually be barred, he was adored by enough Brazilians to lead preference polls for over a year. While he is loved by many, he is also widely loathed because of "Car Wash" and a recession under his successor, President Dilma Rousseff, who was removed from office in 2016 for illegally managing the federal budget. But his extreme messages were rendered more palatable by a flawless storm in Brazil: widespread anger at the political class after years of corruption, an economy that has struggled to recover from a punishing recession and a surge in violence.

That instability unleashed sharp anger against the political class but also revealed deep divisions in Brazilian society, and the campaign was the most polarized in decades. The candidate himself was stabbed and nearly died while campaigning in early September, and there were numerous reports of politically motivated violence, especially directed at gay people.

Beforehand, the president-elect must undergo surgery to remove a colostomy bag which he has been using since being stabbed at a rally in early September.

"I'm not insane about Bolsonaro". He had struggled to overcome voters hatred of the Workers Party. "We need pension reform. and we are going to accelerate privatizations".

Opposition politician from Come Venezuela also congratulated the people of Brazil for "their new President". Bolstering his rebel image is his reputation for offensive statements and sometimes extreme views, including insulting women, gays and blacks.

They fear a Bolsonaro government will trample on human rights, civil liberties, and free speech - especially by leftists. Each camp argued that victory for the other could destroy Brazil. The website of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) recalled that in 2016, the Brazilian extreme right ring praised Macri's economic practices, as a result of which two years later, in 2018, the Argentinean peso was devaluated by almost 100 percent against the United States dollar.

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