Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazilian presidential election

With almost 95 percent of the vote counted, Jair Bolsonaro appears to have won the Brazil presidential election, with 56 percent of the vote.

His campaign was centred on eradicating corruption and driving down Brazil's high crime rates.

The election has been riddled with controversy, both sides arguing that the election of the other would be catastrophic for the country.

Mr Bolsonaro is known for his controversial views, including support for the dictatorship that ruled Brazil for 20 years, saying gay children should be whipped till they turn straight and comments regarding a fellow politician getting raped.

He has called the military rule of Brazil a "glorious" period of history, and said in the 1990s that if he ever became president he would stage a military coup "on the very first day".

Mr Bolsonaro has also been known to make comments on sterilising the poor, saying birth control was the only thing that could "save us from chaos".

He is also an advocate for right-wing US President Donald Trump, taking inspiration from US gun laws and approving of the death penalty, which is still on the books in 30 US states.


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