23-07-2020 Latin American Weekly Report
Piñera’s coalition crumbles as defiant congress backs pension changes
Jair Bolsonaro has been elected the 38th president of Brazil, comfortably defeating the candidate of the left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), Fernando Haddad, with 55.13% of the valid vote in the run-off on 28 October. He will take office on 1 January 2019. The culmination of a divisive campaign, Bolsonaro’s victory marks not only a swing to the Right after four consecutive PT victories, but also the end of the hegemony of Brazil’s traditional political parties. His supporters hope that he will usher in a new Brazil, free from crime and corruption, while his opponents fear that his election marks a step backwards to the authoritarian ways of past military rule.
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