Jair Bolsonaro Articulates Regional Conservative Alliance from Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro Articulates Regional Conservative Alliance from Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro Articulates Regional Conservative Alliance from Brazil

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has become a polarizing figure in Brazil because of his anti-LGBT, sexist and racist remarks.

Delivered in a stern tone, the speech also featured more divisive moments. The content of his speech was conciliatory and antagonistic in equal measures, claiming he would be a president "for all Brazilians", while also doubling down on his promises to rid the country of what he calls "communism, socialism, populism and left-wing extremism".

His admiration for dictatorships and strongmen deeply alarmed critics, who have pointed out that Brazil's democratic institutions are far newer and more fragile than those in the US and many European countries.

Bolsonaro's win alarmed critics around the globe, mainly because of his vows to sweep away leftist political opponents and his history of making insulting comments about gays, women and minorities.

Brazil is in deep recession, almost 13 million people are without jobs, a large number of its politicians are badly stained by corruption, and crime has skyrocketed - with almost 64,000 people killed in 2017.

Bolsonaro supporters flooded the streets in front of his home in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, waving Brazilian flags and lighting up the sky with fireworks.

Feelings on the other side were equally strong.

"You are all my witnesses that this government will defend the constitution, of liberty and of God", Bolsonaro said in a Facebook live video in his first comments after his victory.

"I first want to thank God", Bolsonaro told supporters in a video transmitted from his home in Rio, recounting how he was stabbed while campaigning last month and nearly died.

The White House said US President Donald Trump had called Bolsonaro to congratulate him.

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"It is important to enact, with dialogue and tolerance, reforms to improve the economy and the integrity of the public administration, as well as restoring the population's confidence in the political class", Judge Sergio Moro wrote in a statement.

"I feel in my heart that things will change", said Sandra Coccato, a 68-year-old small business owner, after she voted for Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo.

Supporters of far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro, celebrate the election in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. Instead, they say Mr Bolsonaro is more akin to Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. In particular, many Brazilians were furious with the Workers' Party for its role in the graft scheme known as "Carwash".

Bolsonaro's sudden rise comes as Brazil finds itself in its worst recession and embroiled in its biggest corruption scandal after the leftist PT ran the government for 13 of the last 15 years.

"We are going to change Brazil's destiny", he said.

The highly divisive Lula, who stands accused of masterminding the massive pilfering of state oil company Petrobras, was barred from running because he is serving a 12-year sentence for bribery.

Lacking his mentor's charisma, Haddad struggled to unite opposition to Bolsonaro, despite mounting fears over what the former army officer's presidency would bring.

Brazilians living outside their country were particularly supportive of Bolsonaro: the vote count shows he received 71% of the overseas ballots.

"It used to be people would actually vote for what they wanted, and not just against something", he said.

Bolsonaro cruised to victory - he won an outright majority of vote after the second run-off election on Sunday - in part because of his pledge to end corruption in a country that has seen its some of its most senior politicians convicted of crimes.

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