Brazilian President-elect aims at 'super ministry' amid protests

Gwen Vasquez
November 3, 2018

"The party has the backing of organized labour and social movements, but Lula has the support of the mass of society, the poorest people in Brazil", said Ricardo Musse, a sociologist at the University of Sao Paulo. "It's not going to work", Guedes said.

"His reckless plans to industrialize the Amazon in concert with Brazilian and worldwide agribusiness and mining sectors will bring untold destruction to the planet's largest rainforest and the communities who call it home, and spell disaster for the global climate", stated Amazon Watch program director Christian Poirer shortly after Bolsonaro's victory.

In Rio de Janeiro, the most emblematic city of the country, more than 200 people marched up the stairs of the Municipal Chamber with banners such as "No More Torture" or "Not Him" and shouting slogans against Bolsonaro, a nostalgic of the military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985), and his ideology, Efe reported.

He's also lauded the Brazilian people for conducting a successful election.

Bolsonaro rose in prominence amid disgust with Brazil's political system.

During his campaign, the right-winger imitated US President Donald Trump's strategy of aggressively confronting the media, taking aim at Globo TV and Brazil's biggest newspaper, the Folha de S.Paulo.

In a separate interview with Reuters, he said the president-elect would meet with Guedes and other members of his team on Tuesday.

A staunch supporter of agribusiness, Bolsonaro has promised to favor investors over ecologists in the Amazon rainforest.

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In parallel, representatives for Bolsonaro will begin meeting with President Michel Temer's team to start work ahead of the January 1 inauguration.

Brazil's democratic institutions have proven stable, many said, downplaying Mr. Bolsonaro's ability to undermine these institutions.

Juntas, or Together, won a seat in the legislature of the northeastern state of Pernambuco on October 7.

At 4.53 percent, inflation is now near the middle of the bank's target range of 2.5 to 6.5 percent, and Sunday's election win by debt hawk Bolsonaro further bolstered the argument to keep the rate on hold.

One of the key polarizing issues concerned educational materials about gender identity that were proposed for classrooms.

"They follow the wave that looks like salvation, but really it's the brink of collapse", she said, claiming Bolsonaro's plans will likely worsen crime, violence and inequality.

"The PT elected Bolsonaro", he said in an interview published Wednesday.

"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.

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