Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Buhari Congratulates Brazil’s Bolsonaro On Election Victory

Buhari Congratulates Brazil’s Bolsonaro On Election Victory

But to many, Bolsonaro's most concerning trait is a lack of concern about Brazil's nascent political checks and balances, implemented in the late 1980's as the country tried to shake off two decades of military rule.

His brash style and harsh statements have led many to compare him to the U.S. president, referring to him as "Trump of the tropics" or "Brazil's Donald Trump".

In the run-up to the election, Bolsonaro, whose first foreign visits would be to Chile, Israel and the United States - that according to him "share our worldview" - has said: "The future ministry will come from the productive sector".

Mr. Bolsonaro, the so-called "Trump of the Tropics", is a notoriously divisive figure, whose hardline approach has deeply divided Latin America's largest country.

Bolsonaro, who won 55 percent of the vote in a run-off on Sunday, issued a series of campaign pledges that left many fearing for the future of the Amazon rainforest, known as "the lungs of the planet".

At 4.53 percent, inflation is now near the middle of the bank's target range of 2.5 to 6.5 percent, and Sunday's election win by debt hawk Bolsonaro further bolstered the argument to keep the rate on hold.

"In the wake of the IPCC's dire warnings earlier this month that we have just twelve years to avert a climate catastrophe, the UN Secretary General said that "...we need to end deforestation and plant billions of trees".

Despite relatively robust legal protections, Brazil is already the deadliest place for environmentalists, with pressure group Global Witness recording 57 deaths of people protecting land there previous year. Bolsonaro was referring to the hundreds of millions of reais the Brazilian government spends in advertising each year in local media outlets, mainly for promotions of state-run firms.

Protests were planned for later in the day in Rio and Sao Paulo against Bolsonaro, who has outraged many people with his disparaging comments on women, blacks and gays. He's also vowed to enact pension reform.

German diplomatic circles are equally blasé and are awaiting Mr. Bolsonaro's first moves as president.

"China always attaches great importance to its relations with Brazil from a strategic height and long-term perspective", Lu said, adding China is willing to work together with Brazil to safeguard and develop the China-Brazil comprehensive strategic partnership, to better benefit the two countries and the two people.

Bolsonaro plans to be here on November 6 to meet with outgoing President Michel Temer.

Retired General Augusto Heleno, slated to become defence minister, told reporters that Bolsonaro has a positive view of a planned $4.75 billion joint venture between Boeing Co and Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA.

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