Brazil environment ministry condemns Bolsonaro plan

Terry Joseph
November 3, 2018

The veteran politician, who paints himself as a political outsider, also refused to say he regretted saying the military regime that ruled Brazil from 1964 until 1985 should have killed 30,000 people.

Similar to Trump, who pulled the USA out of the accord, Bolsonaro has said it's a bad deal for Brazil, home to the lion's share of the Amazon rainforest. In particular, many Brazilians are furious with the Workers" Party for its role in the graft scheme, known as "Carwash'.

In his first TV interview since being elected, Mr. Bolsonaro also underlined his campaign pledge to loosen gun laws.

Bolsonaro, who rode a wave of anti-establishment anger to victory in Sunday's election, wants to slash the number of ministries from 29 to 15, in the name of reining in public spending.

Markets are keenly watching efforts to overhaul the bloated pension system, which have stalled because of the political cost.

Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will merge the environment and agriculture ministries, an adviser confirmed yesterday, a move activists have warned could imperil the country's natural resources, including the Amazon rainforest.

Pompeo congratulated Bolsonaro on his win and "reinforced the vibrant partnership between the United States and Brazil based on our mutual commitment to promote security, democracy, economic prosperity, and human rights", said a statement issued by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

With Bolsonaro like Trump holding the global body in low esteem, it is unlikely he will prioritize the Security Council, Velasco said.

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That leader, charismatic former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, led Brazil through a historic boom from 2003 to 2010, but now stands accused of masterminding the large-scale looting of state oil company Petrobras - a massive scandal that has badly damaged the party.

And Bolsonaro shares Trump's assertive pushback against a rising China.

Charles Tang, chairman of the Brazil-China chamber of commerce in Rio de Janeiro, said he believes Bolsonaro will moderate his positions once in office, and that the president-elect's attempts to forge closer ties to the Trump administration should not harm relations with China.

Bolsonaro won 55 percent of votes in a run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who got 45 percent, according to electoral authority TSE.

How that tough talk might translate into policy is not clear. They say the former president has been the victim of a political witch-hunt. Tens of thousands have crossed into Brazil on its northern border. "We can't go from a victory at the ballot box to chaos in Congress", Guedes told journalists.

Barbosa said "so far, they have only robbed our country".

"There will be people to advise him on the impacts and he will listen", he said.

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