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'Trump Of The Tropics' Bolsonaro Wins; Real Trump Calls Him

'Trump Of The Tropics' Bolsonaro Wins; Real Trump Calls Him

Mr Bolsonaro's victory constitutes a markedly rightwards swing in the largest democracy in Latin America, which was governed by the left-wing Workers' Party for 13 years between 2003 and 2016.

After the first round of elections, held on October 7, Argentine head of State Mauricio Macri held a "cordial conversation" with Bolsonaro in the framework of the Brazilian electoral process.

During the presidential campaign, Bolsonaro announced that he would not accept the election results unless he won.

After a vitriolic campaign that left Brazil deeply polarized, the country is anxiously waiting to see what Bolsonaro's presidency will actually look like.

"Fascists!" shouted tearful supporters at the headquarters of Haddad's Workers' Party in Sao Paulo.

Bolsonaro made his own final pitch on social media, the only place he has campaigned since an attacker stabbed him in the stomach at a rally last month, sending him to the hospital for three weeks.

"God willing, (it) will be our new independence day", he tweeted.

Supporters of Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro cheer as they gather outside his residence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, during the country's presidential runoff election. "For the first time I feel represented", said Andre Luiz Lobo, 38, a businessman who - not incidentally, given the accusations of racism against his candidate - is black.

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro celebrate in front of his residence in Rio de Janeiro.

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He will take charge as President on January 1, 2019. "We are going to change the destiny of Brazil", he said in his acceptance address.

Along the way, Bolsonaro also raised serious concerns that he will usher in a rollback of civil rights and a weakening of institutions in what remains a young democracy, especially since he has waxed nostalgic for Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship and said he would name military men to his Cabinet.

They are also anxious about the rights of minorities following homophobic, racist and misogynistic remarks Mr Bolsonaro made during the campaign and before.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after voting at a polling station in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He twice told a female colleague in Congress she was too ugly to be raped, said a dead son was preferable to a gay one and often disparaged blacks and indigenous people.

The left-winger had promised to bring back the boom years Brazil experienced under left-winger Lula da Silva, who led initial polls by a wide margin but was banned from running in the election due to a corruption conviction. Lula himself is serving a 12-year prison term.

He once said the dictatorship's "mistake" was that it tortured, instead of killing, leftist dissidents and suspected sympathizers.

Haddad also did better in Brazil's cities, taking 2,810 compared with Bolsonaro's 2,760. Several key endorsements late Saturday gave Haddad's camp hope that they could still pull out a victory.

Throughout the campaign, Bolsonaro promised to crack down on Brazil's violent crime that saw almost 64,000 homicides a year ago.

Along with his rejection of socialist policies and condemnation of political corruption, Bolsonaro's message has focused on cracking down on crime by empowering law enforcement and encouraging gun ownership for citizens to defend themselves. But he is also very much a product of a ideal storm in Brazil that made his messages less marginalized: widespread anger at the political class amid years of corruption, an economy that has struggled to recover after a punishing recession and a surge in violence.