Bolsonaro wants Brazil's top anti corruption judge as his Justice minister

Cristina Cross
November 3, 2018

Bolsonaro will interpret this showing as a strong mandate to pursue his campaign promises, which include giving the military more say in government, ending restrictions on gun ownership, rolling back environmental protections, reining in the media, and draining the swamp in Brasília.

With Guedes leading the way, Bolsonaro has promised to introduce pension reform in Brazil, deregulate industries, privatize state-run companies like PetroBras and cut away at red tape.

Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro addresses supporters in an election victory message.

"If (Bolsonaro) decides to move forward with his pledges against the environment, indigenous peoples and the climate, his fellow citizens will be the biggest victims", said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory.

"The exact details of how his administration plans to achieve (its) objectives are limited", wrote Fitch analysts led by Shelly Shetty.

An outspoken Trump admirer, Bolsonaro also vowed to realign Brazil with more advanced economies, such as the United States, overhauling diplomatic priorities after almost a decade and a half of leftist party rule.

In addition to the president-elect downplaying Brazil's past military rule, observers worry Brazil is taking another authoritarian turn: More incoming legislators will be former military officers or former federal police than at any point since the end of military rule.

Bolsonaro said in February that he would not give up "one centimeter more" of land to indigenous communities in Brazil - home to around 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest - who are often threatened when standing up for their rights. "Why would she meet Bolsonaro, a man who could cause her trouble simply for the things he has already said?"

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The Nigerian leader wished Bolsonaro, who takes oath of office in January 2019, a successful tenure in confronting his country's current socio-economic challenges.

Third-place presidential candidate Ciro Gomes, a centre-leftist, accused the PT of aiding and abetting Bolsonaro's rise.

Mauricio Santoro, a political scientist with Rio de Janeiro State University, said he was concerned that Brazil would not soon dispel the tense and occasionally violent atmosphere that enveloped the polarizing campaign.

"Mr. Xi could decide not to come if he doesn't feel welcome", Tang said. He defeated Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party with 55 percent of the vote.

How that tough talk might translate into policy is not clear. Tens of thousands have crossed into Brazil on its northern border. We've collected Foreign Policy's best articles on Bolsonaro's victory and where he'll go from here.

On Wednesday, the former army captain said on Twitter that Marcos Pontes, a Brazilian astronaut who was the country's first person in space, would be his minister for science and technology.

"There will be people to advise him on the impacts and he will listen", he said.

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