Brazil Elects 'Proud Homophobe' Jair Bolsonaro As President

Jair Bolsonaro supporters rally in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is already the deadliest country in the world in which to defend your land, with at least 57 people murdered past year, 25 of them in three massacres. His ascendance to power is leading many to fear the future of democracy in Brazil is in danger.

Brazil's environment and agriculture ministers on Wednesday criticized President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's plans to merge their two departments, saying it would hurt the country's agenda on both fronts.

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.

Lula's substitute, Fernando Haddad, lost Sunday's runoff election to Bolsonaro by 10 percentage points, as voters punished the Workers' Party - victor of the previous four presidential elections - for corruption and economic malaise.

Bolsonaro, who will be sworn in on January 1, defeated former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad in a runoff election held Sunday.

"In the past, we were leaders on this front and we will once again lead in the short term, most certainly", Bolsonaro said in the video, recorded before his election win on Sunday.

Bolsonaro has also spoken of moving Brazil's embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the only major country other than the United States to do so after Trump recognized the disputed holy city as Israel's capital.

Hundreds of regime opponents were killed or disappeared during Brazil's 21-year dictatorship while thousands more were tortured.

"In the wake of the IPCC's dire warnings earlier this month that we have just twelve years to avert a climate catastrophe, the UN Secretary General said that "...we need to end deforestation and plant billions of trees".

Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index .BVSP rose as much as 3 percent to an all-time high in opening trade, led higher by shares of state-owned firms and blue-chips, before retreating and closing 2.2 percent down.

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.

In his first TV interview since being elected, Mr. Bolsonaro also underlined his campaign pledge to loosen gun laws.

He and his advisors have begun fleshing out the staffing of his administration and setting out key priorities, including a fast-tracked pension reform that has faced resistance in Congress.

"The PT elected Bolsonaro", he said in an interview published Wednesday. We urge you to make it one that leaves Brazil - and the world - a more just, more sustainable and more equal place than you found it.

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