Jair Bolsonaro’s victory is a sign of a new chapter in Brazilian politics

Brazil’s Lula and Bolsonaro are about to face off again. What you need to know

Two weeks after his election as Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro’s approval rating is at the lowest point of his presidency at 35%. He also has the lowest public trust in Brazil’s institutions.

The results of Sunday’s elections to the lower house of parliament are likely to be even more damaging to Brazil’s economy and politics than the election in October that was a blow to the country’s leftist president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Bolsonaro’s victory, which comes as a shock to many Brazilians who had been cheering his campaign as a return to populism, will make it harder for the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) to govern.

On Sunday, the PT’s candidates lost the election after five terms in office, in a sharp blow to both Bolsonaro and his party.

The result, which is likely to go into effect after the inauguration of new president-elect, is the first defeat for a PT candidate in 20 years.

In the coming weeks, Brazilian journalists will be discussing if the victory of the right-wing candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, will mark the beginning of a new period of change in Brazilian politics. It is a change that Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right president-elect, called for on Sunday night.

“The country is ready for a new chapter and I pledge to fight with all the strength you will need against the enemies that threaten our nation and our people,” Bolsonaro tweeted on Sunday.

But is he really ready for a new chapter? And how much of it will he pursue in office?

Bolsonaro’s victory is surprising

Before Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right was considered too fringe to be a serious threat to Brazil’s liberal, left-leaning president, Lula da Silva. In his first year in office, Lula’s approval rating dipped below 20% for the first time and then dipped below 30% in 2015. Before Bolsonaro’s election, his approval rating stood

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