Ultra-Rightist Jair Bolsonaro, President-Elect of Brazil

Brazils right-wing candidate poised to win presidential election

Brazils right-wing candidate poised to win presidential election

Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote and Haddad collected 28 percent in the country's general election earlier this month, forcing a runoff as no candidate won at least 50 percent of the vote. However, Bolsonaro leads his opponent, Fernando Haddad, by a comfortable margin.

Far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro had 56 percent of the votes in the run-off against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad, official results showed.

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan has more from Rio de Janeiro.

Among those crises: Brazil's economy shrank almost seven percent during its worst-ever recession, from 2015 to 2016; the multi-billion-dollar Petrobras scandal has left voters disgusted with the seemingly bottomless corruption of politicians and business executives; and there is widespread outrage over violent crime, in a country that registered a record 63,880 murders past year. "For the first time I feel represented", said Andre Luiz Lobo, 38, a businessman who - not incidentally, given accusations of racism against his candidate - is black.

Thousands of supporters flooded the streets outside his home in Rio de Janeiro, waving Brazilian flags and lighting up the sky with fireworks.

Bolsonaro, who has earned the nickname the "Trump of the Tropics", takes office on January 1.

"We need a new president like what (President Donald) Trump has done for here", said Dasiovos, who's lived in the United States for the last 25 years.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right Rassemblement national (RN) party, said on Twitter she hoped Mr Bolsonaro would fix Brazil's economy, security situation and democracy, which she said were all "in a very precarious state".

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Bolsonaro is a former Army officer with a history of making racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments.

But an even larger portion of voters reject Haddad and the tarnished legacy of his Workers' Party. But the hugely divisive Workers' Party founder was barred from running because he is serving a 12-year prison sentence. "Brazil owes a lot to former President Lula".

Brazil's government was a military dictatorship from 1964 until the establishment of democracy in 1985.

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

A staunchly anti-gay right-wing politician is slated to become the next president of the largest and most populous nation in Latin America.

In Sao Paulo, the economic capital, Marcos Kotait, 40, a publicist, said he had "never seen such a polarized election" as he waited to cast his ballot. While he has favoured "dictatorship" in the past, he said in his first comments post-victory that he would defend Brazil's democracy and uphold its constitution.

Critics of Bolsonaro are anxious that the former army captain, who has expressed nostalgia for the years Brazil was under military rule, may curtail citizens' freedoms and undermine Brazil's constitution. "People want the PT out, they can't take any more corruption", said Tatiana Cunha, a 39-year-old systems analyst in the midst of the noisy celebrations.

Bolsonaro's sudden rise comes as Brazil finds itself in its worst recession and embroiled in its biggest corruption scandal after the leftist PT ran the government for 13 of the last 15 years. Lula, President from 2003 to 2011, was succeeded by Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached in 2016. For many Brazilians exhausted by stories of politicians plundering public coffers and living lavish lifestyles, the image of a stern and austere father figure ready to bring order to the house was refreshing.

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