Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Brazil elects Bolsonaro in major swing to the right

Brazil elects Bolsonaro in major swing to the right

It underlined its role in preventing "criminal and predatory exploitation" of Brazil's resources, and said "the national economy would suffer, especially agrobusiness, from possible reprisals by importing countries".

As an worldwide community of NGOs, we call on President Bolsonaro to use his position not just as a national leader, but as a global leader, to fulfill Brazil's global responsibilities to protect human rights, democracy and the environment, and to honour the agreements and conventions it has signed up to Governments and the worldwide business community must work to do the same.

Bolsonaro had already made it clear before the polls that the Paris climate pact requirements compromise the South American giant's sovereignty over the Amazon region.

Onyx Lorenzoni, a fellow congressman whom Bolsonaro has tapped as chief of staff, told journalists that Guedes would be responsible for structuring the government's relationship with an independent, autonomous central bank with targets.

At this stage, "the foreign policy of Bolsonaro is still very vague", and "it is hard on all of these questions find out where he will place the cursor between the need to satisfy his base and convince the rest of the population", said Roberta Braga, of the think-tank Atlantic Council in Washington. He defeated Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party with 55 percent of the vote.

Bolsonaro, who has expressed admiration for dictators including Chile's Augusto Pinochet, claimed many Brazilians now believed Brazil's military regime "wasn't a dictatorship as the left has always preached".

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.

"This disastrous decision will bring serious damage to Brazil and will pass on to consumers overseas the idea that all Brazilian agribusiness survives thanks to the destruction of forests", Marina Silva said.

While Trump may initiate a trade war with Beijing, and make statements that are thundering on Twitter, "Bolsonaro's going to have to do a lot more attention to what he says, because its economy is much more fragile", says Joel Velasco.

Bolsonaro's victory Sunday night was partly thanks to his promise of a change in economic direction.

Bolsonaro, who rode a wave of anti-establishment anger to victory in Sunday's election, wants to slash the number of ministries from 29 to 15, in the name of reining in public spending. But more than two decades of UN-led efforts to curb the practice have largely failed, with Earth still losing a wooded area the size of Greece every year. He promised to merge Brazil's agriculture and environment ministries into one, saying "we won't have any more fights" over ecological concerns on deforestation. His transition team planned to meet on Monday with President Michel Temer´s team to start work ahead of his January 1 inauguration.

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