Publicado: Mier, Octubre 10, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Brazil Election Will Go to Run-Off, Bolsonaro vs Haddad

Brazil Election Will Go to Run-Off, Bolsonaro vs Haddad

However, Haddad's Workers' Party will remain a force in Congress after a solid showing at the polls, especially in Brazil's poor northeast, which benefited from generous social policies during PT's 13 years in power.

Bolsonaro is riding a wave of anger at the establishment over one of the world's largest political graft schemes and rising crime in the country with the most murders in the world.

Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party narrowly missed out on the outright majority required for first round election success on Sunday, winning 46 percent of the vote.

That means he will have to duke it out on October 28 with left-wing candidate Fernando Haddad, who came in second at 29 percent.

Mr. Haddad, a former philosophy professor, education minister and mayor of Sao Paulo, became a candidate just one month ago, an 11th-hour stand-in for Mr. da Silva, who was barred from running because he is serving a 12-year prison sentence for graft.

Aragao, for his part, said the election had been consumed by feeling, discussion involving facts, figures and firm proposals on how to solve Brazil's social, political and economic problems drowned out.

Meanwhile, true to the Workers' Party's leftist roots, Haddad has promised to fight long-standing inequalities, scrap a major labor reform passed past year and invest more in education.

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He was unable to campaign or participate in debates as he underwent surgeries during a three-week hospital stay, but instead brought messages directly to voters via Facebook and Twitter. Radicalism is also an option in a democracy.

"Bolsonaro is accelerating the rupture of Brazilians into two antagonistic camps", said Robert Muggah, director of the Igarapé Institute, a Rio de Janeiro-based think tank that specializes in security issues.

This serious crisis in Brazil has emerged from a mixture of factors that have been festering in society since 2013.

The election was a seismic shift for this nation of more than 200 million people, where the left has won the past four elections but deep divisions have opened in the wake of a massive corruption scandal and the impeachment of a president.

Unfortunately, many of Brazil's citizens don't seem to be quite as supportive of Haddad as they are of Lula and are instead coming out in droves for far-right candidate Bolsonaro.

Sen. Romero Juca, who has been in the senate since the mid-1990s, failed to get re-elected, one of the biggest names who will be exiting the national scene. For a long time in its election campaign, the leftist PT was narrowly focused on the ex-president and presented him as a victim of legal and political persecution - even after his barring from the election was virtually a foregone conclusion. Bolsonaro has a history of making racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments.

"They should be prepared for all registered voters to turn up". Voters who, first and foremost, take pleasure in their own prejudices.

Brazilian markets rose on Monday after far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro ran up a huge lead in the first round of voting, boosting investors' hopes that he will tackle a growing fiscal deficit and privatize key companies.

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