Brazil elects Bolsonaro in major swing to the right
04 November, 2018, 20:29 | Author: Chad Warren
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.
As an worldwide community of NGOs, we call on President Bolsonaro to use his position not just as a national leader, but as a global leader, to fulfill Brazil's global responsibilities to protect human rights, democracy and the environment, and to honour the agreements and conventions it has signed up to Governments and the worldwide business community must work to do the same.
In the run-up to the election, Bolsonaro, whose first foreign visits would be to Chile, Israel and the USA - that according to him "share our worldview" - has said: "The future ministry will come from the productive sector".
Bolsonaro was the market favorite, and his march to the presidency has also helped the Brazilian real strengthen against the dollar, reducing upward pressure on prices in the world's eighth-largest economy.
His populist approach has led to some media dubbing him "Trump of the Tropics".
Bolsonaro defeated his Leftist opponent Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party 55.5 per cent against 44.5 per cent of the votes with 96 per cent of ballots counted.
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The billionaire republican installed for almost two years the White House has called Sunday evening the ex-army captain to congratulate him warmly upon the announcement of his victory.
Mr. Bolsonaro brings to high office the promise to reduce regulation and tax and boost investor confidence, and also the threat to more extensively exploit Brazil's vast natural resources, including the Amazon rainforest; he has proposed to build a highway through it.
In interviews with TV stations and on social media, Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former Army captain, who won 55 percent of Sunday's vote and will be sworn in on january 1, made clear he would not waste time in pushing through his conservative agenda.
Bolsonaro himself was stabbed in the abdomen at a rally last month and will need to undergo surgery in mid-December to remove a colostomy bag before he can travel to Santiago and Washington. Lorenzoni reiterated his view that efforts to reform Brazil's pension system should wait until next year.
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"To increase deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions is to leave each and every one of us more vulnerable to an increasing risk of climate extremes", said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory.
"The PT elected Bolsonaro", he said in an interview published Wednesday.
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