Brazilians protest against Bolsonaro, demand he respects democracy

04 November, 2018, 04:25 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • US President Donald Trump speaks from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC

In one of his first television interviews since being elected on Sunday with almost 58mn votes, the former paratrooper, who is notorious for his inflammatory rhetoric, did little to suggest he would temper his discourse after taking power on January 1.

After growing one percent last year, Brazil, the world's eighth-largest economy, is forecast to grow about 1.4 percent this year.

Earlier in the day, Environment Minister Edson Duarte said in a statement that he was surprised and concerned by the announcement about plans to combine the agriculture and environmental portfolios.

As an worldwide community of NGOs, we call on President Bolsonaro to use his position not just as a national leader, but as a global leader, to fulfill Brazil's global responsibilities to protect human rights, democracy and the environment, and to honour the agreements and conventions it has signed up to Governments and the worldwide business community must work to do the same. "Brazil has 50,000 problems to solve".

"We want to change the law".

A deeply polarizing figure at home, Bolsonaro has also ruffled feathers overseas.

And, like Trump, he has also said Brazil would scrap or try to renegotiate trade treaties, including the South American common market Mercosur. Several retired generals will serve as ministers and close advisers. His supporters have accused the judge of bias against their leaders.

Leaving the Paris Agreement is the potential decision that will be most closely watched.

"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.

The UOL news portal, owned by the Grupo Folha, which also controls the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, used Brazil's freedom of information act as the basis for a 2015 article that showed Globo received 565 million reais in federal government spending in 2014.

Leaving the agreement would trigger widespread global condemnation and could also have financial consequences, including lost foreign investment and the blocking of a trade agreement Brazil is negotiating with the European Union.

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 rule.

Bolsonaro plans to be here on November 6 to meet with outgoing President Michel Temer. "Adding troubles will only make it worse".

And Bolsonaro shares Trump's assertive pushback against a rising China. During the campaign, he complained that "the Chinese are not buying in Brazil". Yet the University of Chicago-trained economist, who is getting his first taste of public service, met with skepticism from more seasoned politicians.

The former army captain, who vowed after winning Sunday's election to "change Brazil's destiny", met with top members of his team at the home of a wealthy backer in an exclusive Rio de Janeiro neighborhood.

But Tang also warned that China could retaliate if the rhetoric is not softened. In particular, many Brazilians are furious with the Workers" Party for its role in the graft scheme, known as "Carwash'.

"Mr. Xi could decide not to come if he doesn't feel welcome", Tang said.

Brazil's right-wing candidate Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party won the country's presidential run-off on Sunday, with a 55.13 percent of the valid votes against 44.87 percent for his rival Fernando Haddad of the left-leaning Workers' Party.

How that tough talk might translate into policy is not clear.


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