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Brazil’s far-right contender leads presidential vote

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/08/18, 11:18 am

Far-right Brazilian lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro secured more votes than his opponent in Sunday’s presidential election but not enough to avoid a runoff. With 99 percent of ballots counted, Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote, while leftist Fernando Haddad garnered 29 percent. Bolsonaro and Haddad will face each other in a runoff on Oct. 28. Bolsonaro’s far-right Social Liberal Party promised to crack down on crime and corruption and push back on gun control. His popularity increased after he was stabbed during a rally on Sept. 6. He also drew negative attention over racist comments and violent statements targeting his opposition.

“This was a great victory, considering we had no television time, a party that is still very small with no campaign money, and I was in hospital for 30 days,” Bolsonaro said in a live streamed video. “We have to believe in our Brazil.”

Haddad’s campaign began just a month ago when he replaced Workers’ Party candidate Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2011 and recently received a 12-year prison sentence on fraud charges.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 10/10/2018 09:10 pm

    I find it slightly humorous that the far right party would be named the “Social Liberal Party” in Brazil  

    But maybe it’s because south of the equator many things run the opposite direction, eh?