Meet the Two Finalists That Will Vie for Brazil's Presidency
(Bloomberg) -- Jair Bolsonaro, the first-placed in Brazil’s presidential election on Oct. 7 will face the runner-up, Fernando Haddad for a second-round vote on Oct. 28. Here’s a cheat sheet with the must-know points on both.
- Candidate for the rightwing Social Liberal Party, or PSL
- Ex-Army captain renowned for his provocative attacks on progressive values, women and minorities
- Sympathetic to the military dictatorship in Brazil; his running mate is General Hamilton Mourao
- Stabbed by a fanatic at a rally on Sept. 6, and spent weeks hospitalized
- Portrays himself as law-and-order candidate, pledging to ease gun control laws and give police more power to pursue and kill criminals
- Professes his ignorance of economics and says policy-making will be delegated to Paulo Guedes, who favors privatizations, lowering tax burden and government debt, and central bank independence
- Motto: “Brazil above everything, and God above everyone”
- Replaced imprisoned former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as the candidate for the leftist Workers’ Party.
- Born in Sao Paulo on Jan. 25, 1963
- Holds PhD in philosophy from University of Sao Paulo, as well as additional university degrees in law and economics
- Served as education minister under Lula and his successor, Dilma Rousseff
- Was Sao Paulo city mayor 2013-2016; his administration faced large demonstrations against bus fare increases
- Would revoke constitutional cap on government spending
- Pledges to undo market-friendly reforms of current President Michel Temer
- Known as harsh critic of banks; seeks to tax banks that have high interest rate spreads
- Opposes sale of state-owned companies, including Petrobras and Eletrobras
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