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The Tropical Trump: what the rise of Jair Bolsonaro means for Brazil

Like Trump, he is a fierce advocate of conservatism and a master of social media. Is Brazil about to elect a far-right strongman?

By Lucinda Elliott   January 2018

Jair Bolsonaro speaks at a rally. Photo: PA

In the past 18 months, one Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, has been impeached, and her replacement has faced allegations of corruption. Another former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has been accused of masterminding the largest bribery scheme in Brazilian history, yet is favourite to reclaim the post in this year’s election. Can anything top that in 2018?

Yes it can, says the man Brazilian media has dubbed the “Tropical Trump.” Jair Bolsonaro, a controversial far-right populist who is something of…

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