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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, riding a wave of frustration over corruption and crime that brought a dramatic swing to the right in the world's fourth-largest democracy, official results show.
With 94 percent of the ballots counted, Bolsonaro had 56 percent of the votes in the run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who had 44 percent, according to the electoral authority TSE.
The 63-year-old seven-term congressman has vowed to crack down on crime in Brazil's cities and farm belt by granting police more autonomy to shoot at criminals. He also wants to let more Brazilians buy weapons to fight crime.
originally posted by: ArMaP
a reply to: 727Sky
One thing people should remember when talking about other countries is that "right" and "left" do not mean exactly the same in different countries. Politics are a kind of a side effect of a society, so different societies have different politics, even in places where they copy other countries' politics.
Me, I would prefer someone that doesn't support dictatorships.
Ideology and policies
Since Bolsonaro's entrance in the party, the PSL has changed much of its ideologies, abandoning its former socially liberal policies and keeping its economic liberal policies, supporting privatisation and decentralisation while at the same time adopting socially conservative policies regarding abortion, legalization of marijuana and the teaching of gender identity in schools.
The PSL is anti-communist and its members are prohibited from making alliances with left-wing political parties.