Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

German business unfazed by Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro

German business unfazed by Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro

His ascendance to power is leading many to fear the future of democracy in Brazil is in danger.

Bolsonaro, however, is a contentious figure too, given his derogatory remarks on women, gays and blacks, and policy proposals such as relaxing gun-control laws so "good people" can take justice into their own hands.

The judge at the center of Brazil's sprawling investigation into kickbacks to politicians said Tuesday he would consider joining the Cabinet of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro if invited.

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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 won the presidential race on Sunday, easily overcoming his leftist opponent with a vow to kneecap violent drug gangs and end years of political graft. People let out everything they had been too afraid to talk about.

He's also lauded the Brazilian people for conducting a successful election.

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The protesters marched in the evening with a banner reading "Dictatorship, never again" - a reference to Bolsonaro's outspoken admiration for the brutal military regime that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985.

Despite relatively robust legal protections, Brazil is already the deadliest place for environmentalists, with pressure group Global Witness recording 57 deaths of people protecting land there a year ago.

Bolsonaro, who cast himself as a political outsider despite a 27-year career in Congress, is the latest of several leaders around the globe to gain prominence by mixing tough, often violent talk with right-wing positions. "But we'll have to carry on", said Adriana Calvi, 55.

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.

"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.

In a separate interview with Reuters, he said the president-elect would meet with Guedes and other members of his team on Tuesday. His transition team planned to meet on Monday with President Michel Temer´s team to start work ahead of his January 1 inauguration.

Retired General Augusto Heleno, slated to become defence minister, told reporters that Bolsonaro has a positive view of a planned $4.75 billion joint venture between Boeing Co and Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA.

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