Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro grimaces right after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora Brazil Thursday Sept. 6 2018

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Stabbed at Campaign Event

Brazil president-elect Jair Bolsonaro appears to have an agenda like US President Donald Trump, quickly picking on Brazil's critical media and tagging them "lying media".

In the run-up to the election, Bolsonaro, whose first foreign visits would be to Chile, Israel and the United States - that according to him "share our worldview" - has said: "The future ministry will come from the productive sector".

Trump's friendly call augurs closer political ties between the two largest economies in the Americas - both now led by conservative populists promising to overturn the political establishment.

Bolsonaro's resounding win in Sunday's run-off put an emphatic end to the electoral dominance of the Workers' Party (PT), which had won the previous four presidential elections.

Bolsonaro, who openly admires Brazil's former military dictatorship and shocked many with his derogatory remarks on women, LGBT people and people of color, remained vague about the environment during campaigning.

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The 63-year-old former paratrooper chose to give his first post-election interview to Record TV, a network owned by one of Brazil's biggest evangelical leaders.

Mr. Bolsonaro also indicated he would seek to loosen Brazil's gun laws this year, before he even takes office, insisting that more widespread gun ownership would help to cut crime.

The markets could continue to boom, Mariscal said, if Bolsonaro keeps his promise to allow Guedes, who is expected to be named economy minister, the autonomy needed to carry out his plans.

For Bolsonaro's opponents, however, the bitterness runs deep.

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The goal is to reduce by half some 29 ministries by combining others, such as Agriculture and Environment, said Deputy Onyx Lorenzoni, who may become Bolsonaro's next chief of staff.

"There are a lot of parallels and I think a lot of opportunities for a much improved US-Brazil relationship", Roberts said.

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.

Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 3.7 per cent on Tuesday, boosted by strong corporate earnings and the resolve shown by Guedes on pension reform.

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

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