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Still stinging from the victory of far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's once-mighty Workers' Party now faces some tricky tasks: regaining people's trust, reclaiming its leadership of the left and dealing with its jailed leader.

Mr. Bolsonaro, the so-called "Trump of the Tropics", is a notoriously divisive figure, whose hardline approach has deeply divided Latin America's largest country.

It said the biggest risks facing Brazil are abandoning the budget-cutting reforms launched by outgoing President Michel Temer, or a downturn in external conditions for emerging markets.

"His reckless plans to industrialize the Amazon in concert with Brazilian and worldwide agribusiness and mining sectors will bring untold destruction to the planet's largest rainforest and the communities who call it home, and spell disaster for the global climate", stated Amazon Watch program director Christian Poirer shortly after Bolsonaro's victory. In one of the most fragmented Congresses in Brazilian history, it will be a leading opposition force.




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. "If nearly 60 percent of Brazilians choose a candidate, then you have to respect this decision", said Mercedes-Benz Brazil President Philipp Schiemer.

Hundreds of regime opponents were killed or disappeared during Brazil's 21-year dictatorship while thousands more were tortured. "Bolsonaro just happened to be in the right place at the right time". It appears that working with Trump's administration equipped German managers to respond with optimism to however political tides turn - so long as the economy improves. Financial markets are expected to rally on Monday on Bolsonaro´s victory. Twitter users revolted, criticizing the lender for meddling in local politics, especially in favor of candidates wanting a military government. On other issues, Guedes made clear he was the final word on economic matters, laying out plans to give the central bank more institutional independence and clarifying comments made by Lorenzoni about exchange-rate policy.

Brazil is already the deadliest country in the world in which to defend your land, with at least 57 people murdered previous year, 25 of them in three massacres.

While Trump may initiate a trade war with Beijing, and make statements that are thundering on Twitter, "Bolsonaro's going to have to do a lot more attention to what he says, because its economy is much more fragile", says Joel Velasco.


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