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Trump Discusses Trade and Military Cooperation With Brazil's President-Elect

Trump Discusses Trade and Military Cooperation With Brazil's President-Elect

Bolsonaro won 55.2 percent of votes in a run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who garnered 44.8 percent, according to electoral authority TSE.

With some 99 percent of the ballots counted, Bolsonaro, dubbed "Tropical Trump" for his populist rhetoric, is ahead with 55.1 percent of the vote.

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 a year ago.

However critics are anxious by his praise of Brazil's former dictatorship, and by his comments on race, women and homosexuality. Bolsonaro has also encouraged the police to kill suspected drug dealers, and once told a female lawmaker she was too ugly to rape.

After opinion polls in recent weeks had Mr Bolsonaro leading by as much as 18 percentage points, the race had tightened in recent days as several Brazilian heavyweights came out against Mr Bolsonaro, arguing that he was a direct risk to the country's democracy.

The past few years in Brazil have been exceptionally turbulent.

Dozens of business and political leaders have been jailed.

Haddad, who lacks Lula's natural charisma, has struggled to unite opposition to Bolsonaro, despite mounting fears over what the former army officer's presidency would look like.

Bolsonaro appears to align with the Trump administration on most foreign policy issues and as such hopes to build a strong relationship with Washington himself.




Benvenuti said results from Framingham would be transmitted electronically Sunday to officials in Brazil, and also printed and copied onto a portable computer hard drive to be mailed back to the country. The State Department added that the USA "look [s] forward to working with President-elect Bolsonaro in the coming years", in areas of mutual concern "to promote security, democracy, economic prosperity, and human rights".

He has indicated that his government will aim to relax laws restricting the ownership and carrying of guns. "It's not unlikely that we'll see an erosion of Brazil's democracy".

Bolsonaro, 63, is due to fly to Brasilia on Tuesday to start the transition process, which will culminate with his swearing-in on January 1.

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Evangelicals, meanwhile, like his social conservatism - although some frown at the fact that Mr Bolsonaro, a Catholic, has five children by three women.

"You need to play tough with Venezuela".

Despite repulsing many with his open support of the torture used by Brazil's former military regime, as well as remarks deemed misogynist, racist and homophobic, Bolsonaro managed to tap voters' deep anger with corruption, crime and economic malaise, winning Brazil's presidential runoff election on Sunday.

Many say a comparison with Mr Trump is inaccurate. "They are buying Brazil", Bolsonaro was quoted as saying by Reuters. He has also referred to himself as a "proud homophobe", though he reportedly received around 29 percent of Brazil's LGBT vote.

On the one hand, his PSL party achieved a remarkable breakthrough in this month's legislative election, increasing its representation from one to 52 seats in the lower house. "Bolsonaro has claimed that the socialist Workers" Party (PT) was planning to promote a "gay kit" curriculum in schools and vowed to limit sexual education.

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