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Brazil Votes with Far-Right Candidate Favorite

Brazil Votes with Far-Right Candidate Favorite

Supporters celebrated in the streets, setting off fireworks at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, and in Sao Paulo they gathered on the central avenue with banners and flags.

He takes over on 1 January 2019.

"We can not continue flirting with communism", the 63-year-old former army captain said in his acceptance speech, Reuters reports.

Delivered in a stern tone, the speech also featured more divisive moments.

"We can not continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and leftist extremism".

Bolsonaro will be the first president with a background in the armed forces since the end of Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

Donning a Jair Bolsonaro sweater outside of Framingham's Memorial Building, Andre Coutinho stated he's supporting Bolsonaro because he believes he will bring a much needed perspective and hopefully incite economic prosperity.

As well as tackling violent crime, Bolsonaro has pledged to push for the prosecution of the dozens of left-wing politicians involved in the country's "Operation Car Wash" corruption scandal that saw billions of pounds stolen from the public budget.

"I was on the other side, but now I'm for Bolsonaro", said Ozisas Dasiovs, who expressed frustration regarding the country's current state.

Bolsonaro achieved an expected victory over his socialist opponent Fernando Haddad with around 55 percent of the vote, sparking political debate around the world.

Whatever the comparison, what is clear is that country's sharp swing to the right will resonate beyond Brazil as another populist takes power. 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 U.S. dollar.

"After decades, Brazil finally has a chance to elect a president who truly represents Brazilians' values", Bolsonaro had tweeted on Saturday, in his final pitch to voters.

Political analysts and activists reacted to the news in grim tones.

"Canada and Brazil enjoy a deep relationship. numerous relationships between people and businesses, as well as. our close cooperation on security and defence, agriculture, education, technology and innovation", she said.

Human Rights Watch called on Brazil's judges, journalists and civil society to be vigilant. "It's not unlikely that we'll see an erosion of Brazil's democracy".

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.

His links to the military and admiration for the former dictatorship concern many Brazilians, as do his sexist, racist and homophobic remarks.

But he is also very much a product of a ideal storm in Brazil that made his messages less marginalised - widespread anger at the political class amid years of corruption, an economy that has struggled to recover after a punishing recession and a surge in violence.

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.

If the outcome of the election is anything like the 2016 presidential election in America, Brazilians may have dark days head of them.

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

Official results gave the controversial president-elect 55.13 percent of the vote in the run-off election, to 44.87 for leftist opponent Fernando Haddad, with 99.99 percent of the ballots counted.

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