Far-right Bolsonaro rides anti-corruption rage to Brazil presidency
29 Oct 2018

Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, promising to clean up politics, shrink the state and crack down on crime, in a dramatic swing away from the left in the world’s fourth-largest democracy.

The former army captain, with close ties to the military, has alarmed many with pledges to sweep political opponents off the map and comments denigrating women, gays and racial minorities.

In his first public comments after a landslide victory, he vowed to respect democratic principles.

An outspoken admirer of U.S. President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro also pledged a smaller government and to realign Brazil with more advanced economies, overhauling diplomatic priorities after nearly a decade and a half of leftist rule.

– By Anthony Boadle, Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters, 28 October 2018.

Link to Reuters.

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