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Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right leader compared to Trump, won Brazil’s presidential election

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Presidential
candidate Jair Bolsonaro is taken on the shoulders of a supporter
moments before being stabbed during a campaign rally in Juiz de
Fora, Brazil, Sept. 6, 2018.

Antonio
Scorza/Agencia O Globo via AP


Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician who has garnered
comparisons to President Donald Trump, has won Brazil’s
presidential election, marking a dramatic shift to the right in
the country’s political landscape. 

Bolsonaro, a member of the Social Liberal Party, won 55.2%
of the votes in a run-off election against left-wing challenger
and former Mayor of São Paulo Fernando Haddad of the
Worker’s Party, according to the country’s electoral
authority. 

The 63-year old former army captain has been
criticized for his at-times misogynistic, homophobic, and
militaristic views
, but has amassed large numbers of
supporters for his outspoken rhetoric.

He has
promised to clean up politics and crack down on crime,
Reuters
said. His rise has been propelled by a rejection of
the leftist Worker’s Party that has governed Brazil for over a
decade.

“We cannot continue flirting with socialism, communism,
populism and leftist extremism … We are going to change the
destiny of Brazil,” he said in his acceptance speech, Reuters
reported. 

In September, Bolsonaro was
nearly stabbed to death at a campaign rally
, but continued
campaigning while recovering from the incident. 
Tens of thousands of protesters
gathered across the country
to protest his return home after the stabbing. 

Michel Temer, the current president of Brazil, said he
spoke to Bolsonaro to congratulate his victory.

“I just congratulated the president-elect Jair
Bolsonaro for the historic victory won today.
After the election, it’s time for everyone, united, to continue
working for Brazil,” he wrote on Twitter.

Bolsonaro said US President Donald Trump
called to wish him good luck after his victory
, calling the
conversation “obviously a very friendly contact.” 

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