Brazil Elects Jair Bolsonaro As Next President
Brazil on October 28th became latest country to drift toward far right, electing a rightist as president in the nation’s most radical political change since democracy was restored more than 30 years ago. The president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, has exalted the country’s military dictatorship, advocated torture and threatened to destroy jail or drive into exile his political opponents.
Bolsonaro won by tapping into a deep well of resentment at the status quo in Brazil — a country whiplashed by rising crime and two years of political and economic turmoil — and by presenting himself as the alternative. “We have everything we need to become a great nation,” Bolsonaro said shortly after the race was called in a video broadcast on his Facebook account. “Together we will change the destiny of Brazil.” Bolsonaro, who will take the helm of Latin America’s biggest nation, is further to the right than any president in the region.