With the victory of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the presidential elections held on Sunday in Brazil, the wave of ultraconservative nationalism sweeping through the United States and part of Europe reaches Latin America.
The presidential candidate. who has campaigned to eradicate corruption and fight street violence, won with 55.6% of the votes against 44.4% of Fernando Haddad, the candidate of the Partido de los Workers.
Bolsonaro has addressed his countrymen on Facebook, has prayed with his family and has appeared on television without mentioning his opponent. A campaign marked by tension, disinformation in social networks and, above all, Bolsonaro`s anti-democratic attitudes concludes today. Their threats and diatribes lead the largest country in Latin America to uncertainty and reinforce the rise of the extreme right throughout the West.
When the results of the ballot box went out, fireworks exploded in the neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. The supporters of the controversial candidate, who has defended the torture of the military dictatorship (1964-84) in addition to manifesting strongly misogynist and homophobic attitudes, went to his home in the Barra de Tijuca beach district of Rio de Janeiro, where the candidate has organized his campaign since he was stabbed at a rally in mid-September.
Mr. Bolsonaro`s victory constitutes a markedly rightward swing in the largest democracy in Latin America, which was governed by the PT for 13 years between 2003 and 2016.