Far-right former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro has been elected the next president of Brazil, defeating Workers’ Party’s Fernando Haddad in the decisive runoff. Mr. Bolsonaro, with 92 percent of the votes counted, has amassed 56 percent of votes, representing 54 million people.
Gubernatorial runoffs also took place today, in 14 out of 27 states.
In the first final result of the day, only 37 minutes after the closing of polls, Ibaneis Rocha (MDB) has been declared the new governor of the Distrito Federal. As things stand, he has 70 percent of valid votes. Sitting governor Rodrigo Rollemberg becomes the second-straight Distrito Federal governor to be crushed in his re-election campaign by a challenger.
As things stand, Rio de Janeiro is set to elect Wilson Witzel as its new governor, defeating Eduardo Paes in the runoff. Mr. Witzel stands at 60 percent of votes, with just under one-third of ballots still to be counted. Mr. Witzel caused quite a stir upon reaching the runoff, defeating a host of traditional candidates, thanks to his connections with Jair Bolsonaro.
In Minas Gerais, Partido Novo are set to win their very first state government, as Romeu Zema is way out in front with 71 percent, defeating center-right candidate Antonio Anastasia.