Brazilians went to the polls Sunday and elected a former army captain turned congressman as president.
Jair Bolsonaro is a controversial and divisive figure who has made a lot of stunning comments, praising military rule and bashing minorities.
But with a tough stance on corruption and crime Bolsonaro won support of the voters who saw him as an alternative to politics as usual in Brazil.
CGTN’s Paulo Cabral has the details from Sao Paulo.
To discuss all of this:
- Felipe Moura Brasil is a journalist and author in Rio de Janeiro.
- Andrea Murta is the director for North America at Jota News.
- Thiago de Aragao is the director of strategy for Arko Advice and editor of the podcast Brazil Politics.
- Paulo Sotero is the director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) October 29, 2018
The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil has brought almost as much fear as it has jubilation https://t.co/tuIgDIw1FU
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) October 29, 2018
Had a very good conversation with the newly elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who won his race by a substantial margin. We agreed that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else! Excellent call, wished him congrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018