Brazil elects far-right president, worrying rights groups


The victory of this nostalgic of the dictatorship in brazil (1964-85) is part of a series of recent electoral successes in the region where the scenario is often the same: a candidate of the right is necessary to face a candidate from the left, from the power going out and generally hostile to the United States, emphasizes the anthropologist argentine Pablo Seman.

Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who will take office January 1, said during an interview after his Sunday election that he would ask federal judge Sergio Moro to be his justice minister or fill a future vacancy on the supreme court.

Bolsonaro once told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that he really "doesn't understand much about the economy" and will be relying on experts to run it. Yet the University of Chicago-trained economist, who is getting his first taste of public service, met with skepticism from more seasoned politicians. "But now I can say I want to (invite Moro)".

Bolsonaro's promises to clean up Brazil and bring back "traditional values", have earned him comparisons with the US President Donald Trump.

Soon after, Chinese President Xi Jingping's administration sent Bolsonaro a letter saying the tour caused "possible turbulence in the strategic partnership between Brazil and China".

"Bolsonaro is far more likely to begin with a turn inward and a focus on the implementation of domestic policies to curb urban violence and curb Brazil's debt", she said.

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Oliver Stuenkel, a professor of worldwide relations at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas university in Sao Paulo, says Bolsonaro's decisions will reverberate in a way they don't necessarily for a leader like Trump.

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

"I hope he will change Brazil and give us security, education and health", Andre Barbosa, a gay accountant from Rio De Janeiro said. For example, Brazil is set to host a summit next year of the so-called BRICS nations, the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. But the Workers' Party, led by Mr. Bolsonaro's election rival Fernando Haddad, remains the largest party with 56 seats.

It said the biggest risks facing Brazil are abandoning the budget-cutting reforms launched by outgoing President Michel Temer, or a downturn in external conditions for emerging markets. Tens of thousands have crossed into Brazil on its northern border.

"This country belongs to all of us, Brazilians by birth or by heart, a Brazil of diverse opinions, colours and orientations", he said, reading off a sheet of paper in a live television address. We've collected Foreign Policy's best articles on Bolsonaro's victory and where he'll go from here.

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