The Guardian reports:
Jair Bolsonaro has been elected as the next president of Brazil, winning 55.1% of the vote in the second-round vote between himself and PT candidate Fernando Haddad. The far-right candidate was leading in the polls after he fell just short of achieving a majority in the first round of voting three weeks ago.
His win on Sunday night has alarmed progressives, given his previous comments supporting torture and calling for political opponents to be shot. As well as comments disparaging women, minorities and LGBT people.
In a televised victory speech, Bolsonaro said “We are going to change the destiny of Brazil” but also extended an olive branch, saying he was going to govern for all Brazilians regardless of orientation, opinion or colour.
The man who said “I wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it” to a congresswoman, who said “I would prefer that my son die in an accident” rather than be gay, who said that “the dictatorship’s mistake was to torture but not kill” – is now Brazil’s president-elect. https://t.co/j7pZKWJtQV
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) October 29, 2018
This is worth repeating over and over:
The most horrific thing Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has planned is privatization of the Amazon rainforest. With just 12yr remaining to remake the global economy and prevent catastrophic climate change, this is planetary suicide.
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) October 29, 2018
Bolsonaro’s win in Brazil tonight marks the end of the first Facebook elections. Here’s a piece I’ve been working on for almost four years new:
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) October 28, 2018
A Trump-Bolsonaro bromance could be brewing after Brazilian’s big win https://t.co/TfETt6lmCq
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 29, 2018