Brazil Elects Jair Bol­sonaro As Next Pres­i­dent

The Day After - - GLOBAL TIT-BIT -

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.

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