Jair Bolsonaro

Far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro on Monday won a sweeping victory in Brazil’s presidential election.

The former army captain won 55.2% of the vote against 44.8% for Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party.

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Bolsonaro’s pledge to fight crime and corruption following a string of scandals have won him mass support.

However, critics are worried by his praise of Brazil’s former dictatorship, and by his comments on race, women and homosexuality.

In one infamous incident in 2015, he told a fellow lawmaker she was too ugly to rape.

Bolsonaro’s controversial comments, his pro-gun stance and his populist approach to politics have led to some media dubbing him “Trump of the Tropics”.