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Elections in Brazil: far-right candidate Bolsonaro wins first round

BRASILIA – Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right presidential candidate, has won the first round of the presidential elections in Brazil yesterday. He managed to surprise by securing 46% of the votes, while left-wing candidate Fernando Haddad secured 29%. As both candidates didn´t get more than half of the votes, Bolsonaro and Haddad will face each other in the second round of the elections, on the 28th of October.

In what has become one of the most hectic elections in the history of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro surprised everyone by securing 46% of the votes. Polling stations had given the controversial candidate ahead of the elections around 30% of the votes. The results illustrate the discontent among Brazilians regarding the current politics in the South-American country, especially on topics such as corruption and violence – the current president Michael Temer has an approval rating of 2%. Bolsonaro has promised to militarize the police and give them more freedom and weapons in their fight against drugs violence.

Fernando Haddad, the leftist candidate from the Workers Party who replaced ex-president Lula last minute, after Lula was barred from running, became second with 28% of the votes. Ciro Gomes of the Democratic Party managed to get 12,5%. For Haddad, the biggest challenge in the second round of the elections will be uniting all leftist parties in order to obtain the votes that went to other candidates in the first round. Most people who will vote for Haddad in the second round are expected to do so because of their aversion for Bolsonaro, not because they see a good candidate in Haddad.

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The second round between two extremes

Not only there were presidential elections yesterday, also governors were elected, members of the federal Congress, members of the state parliaments and members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The overall results of all these elections show that Brazilians are fed up with the corruption scandals among (mostly elderly, experienced) politicians.

The fact that the second round of the elections on October 28 will go between to extremes, promises twenty days of hectic campaigning. The far-right wing Jair Bolsonaro, who has insulted women, homosexuals, Afro-Brazilians and migrants, will probably focus in his campaign on the corruption scandals among the Workers Party of Haddad. Leftist candidate Fernando Haddad will focus on the controversial plans and comments of Bolsonaro, who has openly supported the military dictatorship in Brazil and has criticized the democracy in his country. Bolsonaro was stabbed earlier during his campaign, which is why he hasn´t appeared in public since then.

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