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FP’s Guide to the Bolsonaro Presidency

04 November 2018

After opinion polls in recent weeks had Bolsonaro leading by as much as 18 percentage points, the race had tightened the last few days.

Brazil's right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party won the country's presidential run-off on Sunday, according to Brazil's Superior Electoral Court (TSE).

Key Bolsonaro adviser Gustavo Bebianno told journalists the group would be choosing "a combat vanguard for the transition period and the cabinet".

The president-elect, who is backed by Brazil's powerful agribusiness lobby, had floated the idea in the past, saying, "Let's be clear: the future ministry will come from the productive sector". "To increase deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions is to leave each and everyone of us more vulnerable to an increasing risk of climate extremes".

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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. Led by Paulo Guedes, the new department will a merger of the ministries of Finance, Planning, and Industry, Trade and Services.

Bolsonaro, who openly admires Brazil's former military dictatorship and shocked many with his derogatory remarks on women, LGBT people and people of color, remained vague about the environment during campaigning.

Activists are particularly anxious about the implications for the Amazon rainforest, the "lungs of the planet", which is already losing an area the size of Costa Rica to deforestation each year.

"We are entering a tragic time in which environmental protection will amount to nothing".

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The former paratrooper is a deeply polarising figure who has in the past defended the actions of the country's former military regime and said he is "in favour of dictatorship". "We have the huge task of defending them", said Haddad.

Bolsonaro, 63, said in his first interview as president-elect Monday night that he would ask Moro to serve in his government, and also doubled down on campaign pledges to relax gun-control laws and implement his conservative agenda.

That happened as the economy gradually descended into deep recession, even as the far-reaching Petrobras "Car Wash" corruption scandal started toppling dozens of political and business elites across the spectrum, culminating in the controversial impeachment of Ms. Rousseff in 2016 and then the jailing of Mr. da Silva in April 2018 with a 12-year sentence for corruption and money-laundering.

The guilty verdict was upheld on appeal and Brazil's Supreme Court has rejected numerous requests to free the former president, universally known as Lula.

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His once-mighty Workers' Party said Tuesday the election was tainted by Moro's probe, and vowed "resistance" to Bolsonaro's government.

FP’s Guide to the Bolsonaro Presidency