Life's a beach for Brazil's Bolsonaro as spaceman joins his team

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

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

"The Bolsonaro effect is a derivative of the Brazilian market not wanting another term of the PT Party in power", said Andean Capital Investments president Daniel Osorio.

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

"Brazil has the potential to be a leader on curbing climate change, but Jair Bolsonaro needs to commit to a Zero Deforestation policy instead of weakening environmental protections to make way for more industrial cattle grazing and farming", said Asensio Rodriguez of Greenpeace's Brazil arm in a statement to ThinkProgress.

His populist approach has led to some media dubbing him "Trump of the Tropics".

Rosangela Wolff Moro, a lawyer married to the judge, has repeatedly suggested in her Instagram profile that she supported Bolsonaro against left-leaning Fernando Haddad, who was named the Workers' Party candidate after da Silva was barred by electoral authorities over his imprisonment.

The billionaire republican installed for almost two years the White House has called Sunday evening the ex-army captain to congratulate him warmly upon the announcement of his victory.

Bolsonaro, who rode a wave of anti-establishment anger to victory in Sunday's election, wants to slash the number of ministries from 29 to 15, in the name of reining in public spending.

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"The fact Bolsonaro is already talking about reforms is a good sign", said economist Victor Candido of Guide Investimentos.

Hundreds of regime opponents were killed or disappeared during Brazil's 21-year dictatorship while thousands more were tortured.

Onyx Lorenzoni, a fellow congressman whom Bolsonaro has tapped as chief of staff, told journalists that Guedes would be responsible for structuring the government's relationship with an independent, autonomous central bank with targets.

"If (Bolsonaro) decides to move forward with his pledges against the environment, indigenous peoples and the climate, his fellow citizens will be the biggest victims", said Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Brazilian Climate Observatory.

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

In addition to the president-elect downplaying Brazil's past military rule, observers worry Brazil is taking another authoritarian turn: More incoming legislators will be former military officers or former federal police than at any point since the end of military rule.

"The PT elected Bolsonaro", he said in an interview published Wednesday.

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