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Bolsonaro makes electoral speech at UN General Assembly

Campaign talking points dominated Jair Bolsonaro's UN speech. Once again, his words were aimed at a local audience rather than at international observers

President Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take the stage and address the 77th UN General Assembly. Photo: Mark Garten/UN Photo
President Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take the stage and address the 77th UN General Assembly. Photo: Mark Garten/UN Photo

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivered today his fourth — and possibly last — speech at the UN General Assembly. As with his previous appearances, Mr. Bolsonaro used this global stage less to address the international community and more to reach out to his own constituency in Brazil. 

With 12 days until voters head to the polls, the far-right leader used his almost 20 minutes at the pulpit to boast about the economic achievements of his administration. After talking about Brazil’s role as a global food producer, he highlighted that gas prices in Brazil have been on a downward trend since his...

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