Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Radical plans, risks in foreign policy of Brazil's Bolsonaro

Radical plans, risks in foreign policy of Brazil's Bolsonaro

In electing retired army Captain Jair Bolsonaro as its President, Brazil has chosen to be governed by a man described as the "Trump of the Tropics", after the 45th U.S. President, Donald Trump. His supporters have accused the judge of bias against their leaders.

He won 55 percent of Sunday's run-off election, more than 10 points ahead of leftist opponent Fernando Haddad.

"Brazilians are voting for a big father and a very severe father" who would guarantee their safety and vanquish corruption, Schwarcz said.

In a highly unusual moment, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Jose Dias Toffoli, read out part of the constitution to reporters after he voted.

Bolsonaro, who rode a wave of anti-establishment anger to victory in Sunday's election, wants to slash the number of ministries from 29 to 15, in the name of reining in public spending.

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Closer to home, Bolsonaro will likely join Trump and Colombia's new conservative president, Ivan Duque, in ramping up pressure on Venezuela's left-wing government which is battling hyperinflation and an exodus of citizens who struggle to pay for basic goods.

"I am sure that I am not the most capable, but God capacitates the chosen ones", he said.

Bolsonaro, who takes office January 1, has promised to pull Latin America's largest nation out of the Paris climate accord, join the handful of countries that have moved their embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and take a hard line against President Nicolas Maduro in neighboring Venezuela. "So, the minister of economy will include (fusion of) the finance, the planning and the industry and commerce ministry", Lorenzoni said.

For worldwide investors looking to make up losses suffered in the ongoing selloff that has seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index slip into negative territory on the year, Brazil could be a tempting option.

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

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The incoming administration also plans to merge the agriculture and environment ministries, a move that some farmers and many environmentalists oppose.

The move "will be a triple disaster", said former environment minister Marina Silva.

"Bolsonarism is showing his face: an ideological regime of violence and looting of natural resources, bending to the oldest forces of the producing sector", its statement said.

In Sao Paulo - the largest city in the country - hundreds of people gathered on the central Paulista Avenue to also protest against president-elect, victor of last Sunday's elections with 55 per cent of the vote.

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