Who is Fernando Haddad? Brazil’s last hope against anti-LGBT Jair Bolsonaro

Marsha Scott
October 9, 2018

The main political adviser to Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said he will work Monday to stitch together alliances with individual lawmakers to ensure a runoff victory for the former Army captain.

With 92 percent of votes counted, Bolsonaro received 47 percent of valid ballots, far ahead of Haddad's 28 percent but short of the outright majority needed to avoid an October 28 runoff.

With 92 per cent of votes counted, Mt Bolsonaro had received 47 per cent of valid votes, far ahead of former Sao Paulo mayor and leftist rival Fernando Haddad's 28 per cent, electoral court TSE reported.

Brazil's presidential candidate for the Workers' Party (PT), Fernando Haddad and the vice-president candidate Manuela D'Avila hold their hands up after the first round of the general elections at a hotel, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 7, 2018. Bolsonaro has often praised Trump, and his campaign took many pages from the USA president's playbook, from bashing the mainstream media and political class to using the candidate's adult children as proxies.

Better-off Brazilians have rallied to Bolsonaro's pledge to crush crime in a country where there are more than 62,000 murders each year, almost as many rapes, and frequent muggings and robberies. In a broadside against Bolsonaro, who frequently talks about liberalizing gun laws, Haddad said: "We don't carry guns".

Bolsonaro's popularity has surged as Brazilians, exasperated with a political system that orchestrated what prosecutors call the world's largest political graft schemes, see him as the best hope to destroy corruption-riddled traditional politics. While the business community has largely coalesced around Bolsonaro because of these proposals, detractors have noted that as a congressman he often voted and espoused views that were the exact opposite.

"This was a great victory, considering we had no television time, a party that is still very small with no campaign money and I was in hospital for 30 days", he said in video streamed live over social media. "It's time to move to the centre-right", Bolsonaro added. Haddad, the Workers' Party standard-bearer who was appointed by jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio da Silva, got 29 percent in the first round, and polls have predicted a close race in the runoff.

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At a news conference afterward, Haddad cast the second round as pitting Bolsonaro's "neoliberalism" against the social programs that the PT has promoted.

Meanwhile, true to the Workers' Party's leftist roots, Haddad has promised to fight long-standing inequalities, scrap a major labor reform passed previous year and invest more in education.

Bolsonaro has painted a nation in collapse, where drug traffickers and politicians steal with equal impunity, and moral rot has set in.

"They should be prepared for all registered voters to turn up".

Senna said he was anxious that Bolsonaro's presidential rivals would gang up on him and back Haddad in the runoff.

A supporter of Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate with the Social Liberal Party, celebrates.

"A lot of young people are voting for him".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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