Far-Right Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Wins First Round of Brazil Election
MAKE BRAZIL GREAT AGAIN
Far-right Brazilian populist Jair Bolsonaro–who’s pledged to make his country great again—has won the first round of Brazil's presidential election but narrowly missed out on an outright majority. Bolsonaro now faces a second-round run off with left-wing Workers’ Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, on 28 October. Bolsonaro secured 46.93% of votes but needed 50% to avoid the second round. In a broadcast ahead of the election, the candidate told his seven million Facebook followers: “Let’s make Brazil great! Let’s be proud of our homeland once again!” During his 27-year career as a congressman, Bolsonaro has been known for supporting military rule and attacking Brazil’s black, gay and indigenous communities.