Brazilians vote in tense presidential race led by ‘tropical Trump’


In probably the most polarized election because the finish of army rule in 1985, Bolsonaro is backed by a bunch of retired generals who’ve criticized the PT governments from 2003-2016 and publicly advocate army intervention if corruption continues.

In a closing attraction for votes on a stay Fb stream on Saturday night time, Bolsonaro, 63, known as on Brazilians to assist him clear up the political system and set up higher authorities of Brazil’s wealthy mineral and agricultural sources.

“We’ve got all the things. What we want are politicians who’re dedicated to their nation and to not occasion pursuits,” he mentioned from his house, the place he’s recovering from a near-fatal stabbing at a marketing campaign rally. He underwent two emergency surgical procedures and it’s not clear how a lot campaigning he’ll be capable of do if the vote heads right into a runoff.

Bolsonaro, who sees himself as a Brazilian model of U.S. President Donald Trump, dismissed as “faux information” accusations that he was sexist, racist and homophobic.

A Bolsonaro authorities would velocity up the privatization of state firms to scale back Brazil’s funds deficit and calm down environmental controls for farming and mining. It could additionally block efforts to legalize abortion, medicine and homosexual marriage.

Haddad, who has introduced himself as a fiscally accountable reasonable, spent the final day of the marketing campaign focusing on undecided voters within the Bahia state in Brazil’s northeast, the heartland of the PT’s help, however the place Bolsonaro has made features in polling.

Haddad took Bolsonaro to job for skipping the final presidential debate on Thursday, which different candidates mentioned was an indication he was unprepared to control. Bolsonaro mentioned he couldn’t attend on the orders of his medical group.

The PT candidate mentioned Bolsonaro needs to “win within the first spherical vote with out having to debate the problems and that’s dangerous for democracy.”

“We’ve got the flexibility to defeat what Bolsonaro stands for, by way of reversing social features, by way of civility, by way of solidarity and by way of mutual respect,” Haddad mentioned.


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