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The Heat: Brazil Elections Pt1

The Heat: Brazil Elections Pt1 The Heat: Brazil Elections Pt1
Bennie Garza | 09 October, 2018, 11:34

Far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro scored a decisive victory in the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections, landing 46.7 percent of the vote.

That means he will have to duke it out on October 28 with left-wing candidate Fernando Haddad, who came in second at 29 percent. In fact, of the ten states that didn't return a majority for Bolsonaro, nine are located there. "Bolsonaro is openly anti-democratic, denigrates minorities and several of his supporters may take his victory as an authorization to attack [verbally or physically] their opponents", he said. He has also stated that it is better to have a dead son than a gay one and that gay people were not beaten enough as children.

Brazil's direction both economically and politically will have a major impact on surrounding countries that are trade partners with the regional heavyweight.

Many Brazilians fear that the most immediate impact might be a significant rise in police violence in a country where police already have a reputation as deadly.

He is a former captain in the Brazilian military and presenter Stephen Fry recently stated that Bolsonaro's fantasy militarism made his interview with him "one of the most chilling confrontations" he has ever had.

In the most polarized election since the end of military rule in 1985, Bolsonaro is backed by a group of retired generals who have criticized the Workers Party governments and publicly advocate military intervention if corruption continues.

Here is a look at what Bolsonaro has promised to do if elected. So this election is more important than others.

Mr Bolsonaro's stabbing forced candidates, and Mr Bolsonaro himself, to shift strategies and recalibrate.

Many analysts thought Mr Bolsonaro would win the first round of voting but face a runoff between the two top vote-getters which he would he lose.

Other Brazilians banged pots in protest when Haddad, 55, voted in Sao Paulo, the mega-city he once ruled as mayor.

Exit polling on the presidential race will be released at 7 p.m. local time (2200 GMT), when voting stations in far western states close. Who altered the image is unclear, but it serves the double objective of recruiting the support of those with anti-northeastern sentiments while encouraging north-easterners to vote. Bolsonaro has been endorsed by the fifth-place finisher, potentially handing him nearly half the votes he needs for a win.

Fernando Haddad, who cast his ballot in São Paulo, gestured towards rival candidates Ciro Gomes, Marina Silva, and Henrique Meirelles, in a bid to win their support for the runoff.

The second-round run-off to decide on Brazil's news president takes place on Sunday October 28.

Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index .BVSP jumped 4.0 percent on Monday, led by double-digit gains in state-led oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA) and state power companies which Bolsonaro advisers have said they will privatise.

But there is a feeling of history repeating itself as well. "We want to unite all the democrats in Brazil".

Something similar could happen today.

A man reads the headlines announcing the results of the Brazilian presidential election, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 8, 2018.

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