'Trump Of The Tropics' Bolsonaro Wins; Real Trump Calls Him

And the U.S. president's spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said on Sunday: "President Trump called President-elect Bolsonaro of Brazil this evening to congratulate him and the Brazilian people on today's elections".

More than half of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil, and environmentalists worry Bolsonaro's presidency will open it up to increased deforestation and mining.

The first Israeli official to congratulate Bolsonaro was Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud).

The election was fought in a febrile and often violent atmosphere, with Brazilians bombarded by WhatsApp messages from Bolsonaro's camp attacking Haddad.

"We look forward to advancing negotiations toward an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement between Canada and Mercosur countries, and continuing to promote democratic values and human rights".

Last Sunday, during a confrontational speech transmitted to thousands of supporters, Bolsonaro said "red (leftist) criminals" would be "banished from our homeland" and pledged a "cleansing never seen before". Bolsonaro's victory caps a bitter contest that divided families, tore friendships apart, and ignited concerns about the resilience of Brazil's young democracy.

"Brazil stocks outshined the rest of the world" ahead of Sunday's election, CNBC reported.

"All these considerations will be taken into account as the [incoming] president will make a decision", said.

"We will change Brazil's destiny together", he said in his victory speech - broadcast live from his home on Facebook, the platform he has used to campaign since an attacker stabbed him in the stomach at a rally on September 6.

Just as many opponents of Donald Trump considered him unelectable in 2016, detractors of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro always believed the far-right candidate himself was the ultimate fail-safe mechanism.

"You are as Brazilian as any of us", he said in a video posted on social media.

The local Jewish community reacted diplomatically to Bolsonaro's victory.

Bolsonaro's win alarmed critics around the globe, mainly because of his vows to sweep away leftist political opponents and his history of making insulting comments about gays, women and minorities. Brazil has suffered a spate of partisan violence during the polarized campaign.

"Mr Bolsonaro is obviously a far-right populist", European Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, a French leftist, told Public Senat TV on Monday, as he warned against the global rise of conservative populism.

After lame-duck President Michel Temer failed to pass his pension overhaul, all eyes are on Bolsonaro to see how he will try to save country's failing pension system - and right the government's finances.

Brazil recognized Palestine as an independent state in 2010.

Haddad won in the north-east of Brazil, the heartland of the Workers' Party and the stronghold of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whom Haddad replaced on the Workers' Party ticket after Lula was barred from running due to his corruption conviction.

Bolsonaro harks back to a different past: that of the "Brazilian miracle" of rapid industrialization under the military regime that ruled from 1964 to 1985.

But after the results came in, he told supporters he would be a "defender of democracy" and uphold the constitution.

Bolsonaro spent much of the campaign exploiting divisions, taking to Twitter to lambaste the rival Workers' Party as unethical and unsafe. Still, he outdid the other candidates to finish second with 29 percent of the votes in the first round and earn a spot in the runoff.

Bolsonaro is a former army captain whose far-right rhetoric and promises, and feisty personality earned him the nickname of "Tropical Trump".

In particular, many Brazilians were furious with the Workers' Party for its role in the graft scheme revealed by the "Operation Car Wash" investigation, which uncovered billions of dollars in bribes paid to politicians via inflated construction contracts.

"The biggest risk is the exhaustion of the democratic order, pitting the people against the institutions and wearing out the relations between citizens with different viewpoints", Nicolau adds.

Worldwide civil rights groups have also expressed concern about Bolsonaro's apparent autocratic tendencies.

  • Rogelio Becker