Brazil’s Bolsonaro to merge environment, farm ministries

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to merge environment, farm ministries

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to merge environment, farm ministries

Environmentalists and rights groups reacted with dismay Monday to the victory in Brazil of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right champion of agribusiness who has threatened to pull his country from the Paris climate accord.

It underlined its role in preventing "criminal and predatory exploitation" of Brazil's resources, and said "the national economy would suffer, especially agrobusiness, from possible reprisals by importing countries".

In Sao Paulo - the largest city in the country - hundreds of people gathered on the central Paulista Avenue to also protest against president-elect, victor of last Sunday's elections with 55 per cent of the vote.

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Jair Bolsonaro on his emergence as Brazil's new President. In the longest arc of history, the rise and fall of Brazil's leftist politics may have brought succour to the most vulnerable demographic but it left the middle class feeling neglected.

"We want to continue to be able to work with them, and we'll see what happens from there", she said. "Bolsonaro is more convincing to Brazilians than his opponent was on issues like anti-corruption, security and, most importantly, the economy".

"I first want to thank God", Bolsonaro told supporters in a video transmitted from his home in Rio, recounting how he was stabbed while campaigning last month and nearly died. New rules will boost investment in infrastructure, he told reporters. But the Workers' Party, led by Mr. Bolsonaro's election rival Fernando Haddad, remains the largest party with 56 seats. Globo said on Tuesday that federal government advertising represented less than 4 percent of the revenue for its flagship channel, TV Globo, without providing more detailed figures.

Earlier in the day, Environment Minister Edson Duarte said in a statement that he was surprised and concerned by the announcement about plans to combine the agriculture and environmental portfolios. "We're already late on pension reform, so the sooner the better".

May Boeve, executive director at climate NGO 350.org, warned that a Bolsonaro presidency posed "a real threat to human rights at home and a risk to the momentum for climate action overseas". He will oversee the transition from Rio this week and fly to the capital Brasilia next week, Lorenzoni added.

But Bolsonaro and Trump face fundamentally different backdrops, with the Brazilian leader elected in the wake of economic crisis.

Echoing Vergolino, Erika Hilton, the transgender member of the so-called Activist Caucus, said many Bolsonaro voters were "manipulated" by misleading information and do not agree with some of his extreme rhetoric about gay people.

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