Brazilian left reels as country lurches right

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Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will merge the environment and agriculture ministries, an adviser confirmed yesterday, a move activists have warned could imperil the country's natural resources, including the Amazon rainforest.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro over phone on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and collaboration on Venezuela.

Bolsonaro's victory moved Brazil, the world's fourth-largest democracy, sharply to the right after four consecutive elections in which candidates from the left-leaning Workers' Party won.

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro waves to his supporters as he leaves a polling station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018.

His populist approach has led to some media dubbing him "Trump of the Tropics".

"This country belongs to all of us, Brazilians by birth or by heart, a Brazil of diverse opinions, colours and orientations", he said, reading off a sheet of paper in a live television address.

"I don't idolize Bolsonaro and I don't know if he will govern well, but we are hopeful".

The PT still has a solid base of about 30% of the electorate - but will need more than that to mount a forceful opposition to Bolsonaro.

The markets could continue to boom, Mariscal said, if Bolsonaro keeps his promise to allow Guedes, who is expected to be named economy minister, the autonomy needed to carry out his plans. New rules will boost investment in infrastructure, he told reporters.

Surprisingly, few German managers see Mr. Bolsonaro's growing popularity as a sign that Brazil is shifting to the right. He said he was committed to fiscal discipline and called for the early elimination of the federal government´s budget deficit. "So, the minister of economy will include (fusion of) the finance, the planning and the industry and commerce ministry", Lorenzoni said.

"If you add up the importance of the state, his very radical discourse and the fact that he is from the military and surrounded by military people, I would say that we have a lot of things to worry about, maybe even more than Americans have to worry about Trump", Zucco Jr. said.

Bolsonaro plans to be here November 6 to meet with outgoing President Michel Temer. "We're already late on pension reform, so the sooner the better".

Bolsonaro has frequently cast aspersions on democratic institutions and argued that if Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship made any mistake, it was that it didn't go far enough in killing communists who threatened the nation.

With Bolsonaro like Trump holding the global body in low esteem, it is unlikely he will prioritize the Security Council, Velasco said.

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