Brazilian left reels as country lurches right


Brazil is already the deadliest country in the world in which to defend your land, with at least 57 people murdered previous year, 25 of them in three massacres.

Beyond the joke, the United States and Brazil, the two most populous countries in the american continent, will now have at their head two impetuous presidents brought to power by the wave of populist and in tune on many foreign policy issues.

Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro addresses supporters in an election victory message. Dubbed "the Trump of the Tropics", Bolsonaro is a hard-line politician who campaigned against crime and corruption.

Bolsonaro won 55 percent of votes in a run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who got 45 percent, according to electoral authority TSE.

In interviews with TV stations and on social media, Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former Army captain, who won 55 percent of Sunday's vote and will be sworn in on january 1, made clear he would not waste time in pushing through his conservative agenda.

The veteran politician, who paints himself as a political outsider, also refused to say he regretted saying the military regime that ruled Brazil from 1964 until 1985 should have killed 30,000 people.

The 63-year-old former paratrooper chose to give his first post-election interview to Record TV, a network owned by one of Brazil's biggest evangelical leaders.

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In the nation's most emblematic city, Rio de Janeiro, over 200 people marched up the stairs of the Municipal Chamber with banners such as "No More Torture" or "Not Him" and shouting slogans against Bolsonaro and his ideology, Efe news reported.

"In the wake of the IPCC's dire warnings earlier this month that we have just twelve years to avert a climate catastrophe, the UN Secretary General said that "...we need to end deforestation and plant billions of trees".

For Bolsonaro's opponents, however, the bitterness runs deep.

"The Brazilian also share the idea of a necessary counter-offensive to contain the expansionism of China, which he accused of" buy Brazil".

In a separate interview with Reuters, he said the president-elect would meet with Guedes and other members of his team on Tuesday.

He and his advisors have begun fleshing out the staffing of his administration and setting out key priorities, including a fast-tracked pension reform that has faced resistance in Congress. "More than ever, the world is counting on Brazil to maintain its environmental leadership", the ministry said in a statement.

But Bolsonaro and Trump face fundamentally different backdrops, with the Brazilian leader elected in the wake of economic crisis.