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Populism reaches Brazil: The political dimensions of Jair Bolsonaro’s election to presidency

Oct 30, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), arrives to cast his vote on October 28, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), arrives to cast his vote on October 28, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images

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On Sunday, Brazil elected a polarizing far right populist as its next president.

The news has split the South American country, as some Brazilians hold out hope for what Jair Bolsonaro, a political outsider with a military background who based his campaign on fighting corruption, and his presidency could mean for bucking a status quo they see as having led them to political and economic turmoil.

Others, however, say Bolsonaro displays authoritarian tendencies and take issue with his past comments on women, race, sexuality and praise of Brazil’s past dictatorships. For his part, Bolsonaro has vowed to fight corruption at the highest political levels and defend Brazilian democracy.

But what will his rule mean for an economically depressed country where democracy is only three decades old?

Guest:

Ernesto Londoño, Brazil bureau chief for the New York Times based in Rio de Janeiro; he tweets @londonoe

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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