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Who is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president?

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Marcelo Chello/Shutterstock

On October 28, Jair Bolsonaro accomplished what most political pundits doubted, winning the presidential race by a landslide, earning 55 percent of the valid votes against the Workers’ Party’s Fernando Haddad. He’s been called many things, from radical, racist and misogynistic to anti-democratic and even a fascist. The truth is that Mr. Bolsonato seized, better than anyone, on the country’s crisis of representation to gather a massive following and become the new President of Brazil.

But who is the new president? Find out more about his life, politics, and the promises he made.

Early years

Born in 1955, Jair...

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