Jair Bolsonaro, an incendiary far-right politician criticised for at-times unabashed misogynistic, homophobic, and militaristic views, is officially going to be the next president of Brazil.
Bolsonaro, a member of the Social Liberal Party who's been dubbed the "Brazilian Donald Trump," won roughly 46% of the vote in the first round of Brazil's presidential election in September. He was only a few percentage points shy of winning the outright majority necessary to become the next president.
But the far-right politician ultimately defeated the Workers Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, winning 55.2% of the votes in Sunday's run-off election and securing his position as the next leader of South America's largest economy.
"We cannot continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and leftist extremism ... We are going to change the destiny of Brazil," Bolsonaro said in his acceptance speech.
Bolsonaro, a former army captain who's served as a congressman for over 20 years, has a long history of courting controversy and is a deeply divisive figure in Brazilian politics.
He's frequently come under fire for controversial remarks about gay people, women, and minorities:
POLITICIAN STABBED: Right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen at a rally today â€“ with the suspect taken into custody on the scene, badly beaten by the politicianâ€™s supporters, and the candidate in surgery. @DavidMuir reports. pic.twitter.com/CkxjtSVoAS— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) September 7, 2018
Last month, Bolsonaro refused to apologise for his controversial rhetoric and said he can't just become the "peace and love candidate."
Rampant corruption, an ongoing recession, and rising rates of violent crime have contributed to some Brazilians embracing Bolsonaro and his hardline stances on an array of issues.
Much like Trump in the US, Bolsonaro has painted a picture of Brazil as a nation in decline. He has pledged to make the largest and most powerful country in South America "great" again by ridding its politics of corruption.
In a live broadcast on Facebook earlier this month, Bolsonaro said, "Let's make Brazil Great! Let's be proud of our homeland once again!" The presidential hopeful's bombastic use of social media is also part of the reason he's been compared to Trump.
To restore law and order, Bolsonaro has advocated for loosening gun laws and called for bringing back the death penalty.
He's pushed against environmental regulations, and like Trump is critical of the landmark Paris climate accord.
Bolsonaro has also called for lowering taxes and privatising state companies.
In a country desperate for change, many Brazilians are seemingly attracted to Bolsonaro's radical platform and are unfazed by his controversial rhetoric.
As Bolsonaro's campaign has gained steam many have compared him to Trump, including his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro. If his father wins, "It's going to be beautiful," Eduardo said.
"It will be just like Trump in the United States," he said at a recent rally.
But, like Trump, Bolsonaro continues to be a polarising figure.
In late September, thousands upon thousands of women marched in protest of Bolsonaro under the slogan#EleNao, which means "Not Him." The march was similar to the anti-Trump "Women's March" held in the US.
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