Brazil: Far-right candidate scores big win in first round

Oct 08, 2018, 2:11 AM EDT
Brazil's far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is nicknamed "Tropical Trump" for his nationalist agenda and anti-establishment rants.
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Far-right Congressman and former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro snagged a thumping win in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election but fell just short of amassing 50 percent votes, required to avoid second-round run-off later this month.

Bolsonaro, a populist who favors tough punishments for offenders, relaxing gun laws, reinstating death penalty and defending traditional family values, will face the left-wing Workers' Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, in the second round on 28 October, writes the BBC.

Voters’ anguish against scandal-plagued traditional parties has been a key factor behind Bolsonaro’s ascent to political prominence, notes Reuters. In a dramatic leap in Brazilian politics, Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party (PSL) is set to become the second-largest force in Congress after legislative elections also held on Sunday.