Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:28:59 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil vote but not outright victory

photo by AP photo

Jair Bolsonaro presidential candidate of the Social Liberal party (PSL) in the Brazilain elections, gestures after casting his vote in Rio de Janeiro.

By
09th-Oct-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

The Guardian :
The far-right Brazilian populist Jair Bolsonaro has secured a resounding victory in the first-round of his country's presidential election, but fallen just short of the majority required to avoid a second-round runoff.
After a campaign as improbable and electrifying as any Brazilian telenovela - although infinitely more consequential for the future of one of the world's largest and most diverse democracies - Bolsonaro secured 46.93% of votes - with 94% of all votes counted.
The second-placed candidate, the leftist Workers' party Fernando Haddad, won 28% of the vote, according to Brazil's superior electoral court, the TSE. Behind him came the Democratic Labor party's Ciro Gomes with 12.5%.
Those results mean Bolsonaro, who received more than 46M votes, and Haddad will face off for the presidency on 28 October in a second-round vote.
"The next few weeks are just going to be crazy … the country is just going to divide even more," predicted Monica de Bolle, the director of Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
"It's going to be a horrible campaign in the second round. It's going to be one side smearing the other. Bolsonaro is going to be coming out with all the dirt on the PT [Workers' party] - and there's plenty of that. And the PT is going to be coming out with a lot of dirt on Bolsonaro - and there's plenty of that too."
Jubilant Bolsonaro followers gathered outside his beach-side home in western Rio de Janeiro on Sunday evening to celebrate the result with fireworks and barbecue.
Many of those present wore T-shirts emblazoned with Bolsonaro's image and the slogan "É melhor Jair acostumando!" - a play on the politician's name that roughly translates as: "You'd Bolso get used to it!"
"Jair Bolsonaro is hope for the Brazilian people," said Jean Sartorial, a 33-year-old banker who had come to the party in a blue Brazil football jersey.
"Bolsonaro is a legend," agreed Thiago Xavier, a 30-year-old estate agent.
There was frustration and defiance as it began to sink in that Bolsonaro would fall just short of a first-round victory.
"Damn, 48%!" said Washington Silva, 66, a retired air force colonel. "The second round will be fiercer," Silva added. "More aggression."
Brian Winter, the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly, said the colossal support for Bolsonaro in much of the country meant he was a huge favourite to beat Haddad.
"The path for Haddad to close that gap looks almost impossible," he said. "This idea that Bolsonaro can save the country and make it safe for people to walk on the streets at night and tend the corruption in Brasilia and make a dent in 13 million unemployed - that's an idea most Brazilians now seem to have bought."
In a broadcast on the eve of the election, the 63-year-old candidate of the Social Liberal party echoed Donald Trump with a call to his 7 million Facebook followers: "Let's make Brazil great! Let's be proud of our homeland once again!"
Throughout his 27-year career as a congressman, Bolsonaro has been notorious for throwing vitriol at Brazil's black, gay and indigenous communities, as well as his support for military rule.
"Yes, I'm in favor of a dictatorship! We will never resolve grave national problems with this irresponsible democracy," the politician, who has been described as a blend of Hugo Chávez and Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, told Congress in 1993.
In a 2015 interview, Bolsonaro defended Brazil's 1964-85 dictatorship - responsible for killing and disappearing hundreds of opponents - as a benevolent but essential means of preventing "the 'communisation' of our country."
"You had complete freedom to come and go and do whatever you wanted to do in our country [back then] … It was an era of employment, security, respect, education," he claimed.
Last month, Bolsonaro called for his leftwing political opponents to be shot; two days later he himself was stabbed in an attempted assassination at a rally.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

Sri Lanka 275-9 at stumps on day 1, 1st Test vs New Zealand


AP, New Zealand :Tim Southee took 5-67 as New Zealand exploited an influential toss to contain Sri Lanka to 275-9 Saturday on the first day of the first cricket Test at the Basin Reserve.A late unbeaten half century by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella helped swing the day a little in Sri ...

Football »

Salah retains BBC African Footballer of the Year award


Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah has capped a sparkling 2018 for club and country by winning the prestigious BBC African Footballer of the Year Award for the second time in a row."It's a great feeling to win again. I'm happy and I would like to win it also next ...

Entertainment »

Soundarya Sharma is going to have an exceptional time this festive season


Actress Soundarya Sharma who made her stellar debut in Ranchi Diaries, a Comedy thriller film, and got a thumbs up from the critics and audience and awarded as the ‘Best Debutante’ at Jharkhand international film festival 2018. She was nominated for the ‘Best Female Debutante’ by Zee Cine Awards 2018 ...

Entertainment »

Ishana in four plays under same director’s direction


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular TV actress of present time Ishana Khan has worked in four faction plays under same director's direction. She has finished shooting of these four plays under Satirtho Rahman Rubel’s direction. Shooting of these plays took place in Darjeeling from November last week to December first week. ...

Editorial »

No room for self-satisfaction, success needed in other fields too


THE nation celebrates the 48th Victory Day today amid festivity. Today, the nation will remember its glorious historical achievement earned through a nine-month war against Pakistan Occupation Forces in 1971. The nation will recall today, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Father of the Nation ...

International »

Australia recognises west Jerusalem as capital of Israel


Australia now recognises west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday, but a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved.Canberra became one of just a few governments around the world to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise ...

International »

Trump taps budget head Mulvaney as acting chief of staff


Donald Trump announced Friday that his budget director Mick Mulvaney will step in as acting chief of staff to replace John Kelly - amid indications the president is struggling to fill the key post.Trump, whose presidency is increasingly embroiled in legal troubles, announced earlier this month that Kelly, a former ...

City »

BNP candidate of Dhaka-8 constituency Mirza Abbas speaking at a prèss conference at his residence in the city on Saturday in protest against attack on his electioneering in the city's Segunbagicha area.


Entertainment »

Mim`s new movie Thai Curry


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :End of this year is becoming something new for the National Film Award winner actress Bidya Sinha Saha Mim. At the end of this year, she has started shooting of a new movie. Now she is staying in Bangkok to take part in shooting of the movie. ...

Business & Economy »

In presence of Mohammed Monirul Moula, AMD of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, Abu Reza Md. Yeahia, DMD of the Bank and Dr. M. Easin Ali, Chairman of Dhaka City Physiotherapy Hospital, exchanging an agreement signing document at the Banks head office in the city on Wednesday. Under the deal, VISA and Khidmah Card holders of the Bank will get attractive discount in treatment services of the Hospital. Top officials from both the organizations were also present.


.

Cricket »

Malinga named captain for ODI, T20I series against New Zealand


Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga, who until recently was out of favour with the selectors, has been appointed as the captain for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against New Zealand. He replaces Dinesh Chandimal, who led the side in the recently concluded ODI series and Thisara Perera, who captained ...

International »

US Senate votes to end support for Saudi-led Yemen war, blasts crown prince


The US Senate dealt President Donald Trump a double blow over Saudi Arabia on Thursday, approving a resolution to end US military support for Riyadh's war in Yemen, and another holding the Saudi crown prince responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.Though largely symbolic, the two bipartisan measures deliver a ...

International »

Islamic State not defeated, just transforming: Experts


Even as the last pockets of resistance in eastern Syria hold their ground, the Islamic State group is shapeshifting into a new, but no less dangerous, underground form, experts warn.Also known as ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the group had long been ready to cede the ...

Editorial »

Time to avail the golden opportunity to explore Japan`s rich market


BANGLADESH wants to explore the potentials of sending skilled workers to Japan as the country is likely to open its job market for foreign workers. The matter is likely to be raised at Foreign Secretary-level talks scheduled to be held on December 17 in Tokyo.Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and ...

Editorial »

Involve the youths in decision making process


A RECENT survey rightly indicated that unified and quality education system for all is imperative to turn today's youth into skilled manpower for future Bangladesh. Ahead of the 11th National Election, the survey findings clearly echoed the youth voice who emphasised meritorious teacher recruitment at primary school to tertiary level ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news