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Brazil's far-right president-elect eyes close US ties

03 November 2018

Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who almost died from a stab wound while campaigning last month, donned a bulletproof vest on Wednesday and headed to the beach in Rio de Janeiro to attend an acrobatic air show in his honour.

Toni Reis, president of Brazil's National LGBTQ Alliance, which boasts 650 members across the country, had a more measured response to Bolsonaro's victory.

In Sao Paulo - the largest city in the country - hundreds of people gathered on the central Paulista Avenue to also protest against president-elect, victor of last Sunday's elections with 55 per cent of the vote.

Far right-winger Jair Bolsonaro is politically a polar opposite of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Brazil's LGBTQ community has made a number of gains over the past two decades: same-sex marriage has been legal since 2011, transgender people can use their chosen names on government IDs, the public health system offers specialized care for trans people, and gay couples have the same rights to a partner's pension upon death as heterosexual couples.

"We want to continue to be able to work with them, and we'll see what happens from there", she said.

"The minister of industry and commerce will be with economy".

Bolsonaro's resounding win in Sunday's run-off put an emphatic end to the electoral dominance of the Workers' Party (PT), which had won the previous four presidential elections. New rules will boost investment in infrastructure, he told reporters.

"Ahead of the election, Deutsche Bank posted on Twitter that "... the neo-liberal Jair Bolsonaro is the preferred candidate of the markets".

"The exact details of how his administration plans to achieve (its) objectives are limited", wrote Fitch analysts led by Shelly Shetty. Even Bolsonaro's future chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, said in a Monday radio interview that he only expects to introduce a reform plan next year.

"To increase deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions is to leave each and every one of us more vulnerable to an increasing risk of climate extremes", said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory.

Bolsonaro went into yesterday the clear front-runner after getting 46 percent of the vote to Haddad's 29 percent in the first round of the election on October 7, which had 13 contenders.

To comprehend this outcome and the path on which Brazil has put itself in electing Mr. Bolsonaro, it is important to remember the legacy of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and his leftist Workers' Party.

With Bolsonaro like Trump holding the global body in low esteem, it is unlikely he will prioritize the Security Council, Velasco said.

Brazil's far-right president-elect eyes close US ties