‘Fascist’ candidate takes overwhelming lead in battle to rule Latin America’s biggest economy

A far-right populist candidate won the most votes in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election on 7 October. Jair Bolsonaro of the ‘Social Liberal Party’ (PSL) received 46% of ballots cast.

No first-round winner

According to Brazil’s electoral system, a candidate must win over 50% of the vote to become president in the first round. Therefore, Bolsonaro must face his nearest rival, Fernando Haddad, in a second round of voting. This will take place on 28 October.

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