Jair Bolsonaro & the Rise of the Brazilian Right | NowThis World

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  • Published on:  Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • A former army captain is on the verge of becoming Brazil's next president.
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    Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate and provocateur, who was once relegated to the sidelines of politics, has managed to become the driving force in Brazil after 14 years of left-wing rule. Jair Bolsonaro's election could mean a political earthquake for Latin America. How did this happen? And what does this mean for Brazil?

    Let's start with how Jair Bolsonaro managed to become the center of attention in Brazil after so many years with Brazil's Workers' Party at the helm.

    In 2015, Brazil was in turmoil. In addition to the first revelations of the 'Lava Jato' (Car Wash) corruption scandal Brazil also started to suffer a financial crisis with a stiff decrease on its GDP and a rise in crime and unemployment, which ultimately would keep the country among the most violent places to live in the world. Brazil's status as a strong player in the world economy came to an end.

    Bolsonaro's place in Brazilian politics was largely seen as that of the provocateur whose support wasn't expected to rise. Few people expected Jair Bolsonaro to be the favorite for a presidential candidacy for the brazil election 2018.

    Some credit this rise in Bolsonaro's profile to the downfall of the previous leading candidate in these elections, former president Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva.

    Da Silva, also known as 'Lula,' was Brazil's president for two terms, from 2003 to 2011. He was also the driving force and soul of the Workers' Party.

    Da Silva's administration's accomplishments included helping bring 20 million brazilians out of acute poverty and moving the country's economy to the 8th place in the world. But his administration was also marred by corruption scandals like Mensalao, which involved several top officials of his government and also himself. Then came the Lava Jato accusations, with 9 charges involving Da Silva.

    Back in 2011, he left office with big popularity numbers. But in July 2017 everything changed. Lula was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for receiving a bribe. After appealing, his sentence was raised to 12 years and in September 2018, he was officially barred from running for office .

    With only a few weeks to go before the election, Lula decided to step aside and throw his support behind Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo Mayor who was going to be his running mate for the Workers' Party.

    But things didn't go as planned. Watch this episode to find out how Jair Bolsonaro became the favorite and how the right is on the rise in Brazil.

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  • NowThis World

    NowThis World

     a years ago +294

    If Bolsonaro ascends to the presidency, it could signal a pivotal moment for Latin America, a region where left-wing governments have thrived in recent years. Do you think a Bolsonaro presidency could spark a right-wing movement in Latin America?

  • Âñįkêt Đås

    Âñįkêt Đås

     7 days ago

    I dont know lot about brazil but I feel like its pure propaganda..Coz she highlighted the 'achievements' of Lula despite being corrupt but didnot highlight Bolsonaro's achievements...

  • Karan Kapoor

    Karan Kapoor

     14 days ago +1

    TBH world needed more right wing leaders without any corruption charges against them , leftist are corrupt

  • Naro Miguel

    Naro Miguel

     2 months ago

    Hope Bolsonaro gets rid of human trafficking and drugs. If necessary, build a wall near Venezuela.

  • Cockatoo in Sunglasses

    Cockatoo in Sunglasses

     2 months ago

    Too bad the guy who stabbed him sadly missed his artery.



     2 months ago

    What a shame create a content without proper research, this producers could dig deeper to understand what is the Brazilian Culture.

  • Johnny


     3 months ago

    He’s the right guy. Socialists destroyed the country.

  • Woodoo Woodo

    Woodoo Woodo

     3 months ago

    Do not believe the lies propagated by the traditional Brazilian media! Almost all that has been said here are lies! Honest Brazilian people support Jair Bolsonaro, the best president of all time, who is trying to rebuild a country that has collapsed into corruption and riots from the ruling establishment. Bolsonaro fills Brazilians with hope for a better and more economically powerful country.

  • Davi de Souza Araújo

    Davi de Souza Araújo

     4 months ago

    Brazil is really a mess. Hundreds of scandals and turmoil all the time. We, Brazilians, are a very strong people to be able to deal with all this problems.

  • Jonathan Torres

    Jonathan Torres

     5 months ago

    Whenever I hear someone describing Bolsonaro's political position as Far-Right I instantly know that this person is on the left - all those, who know Bolsonaro, know he isn't far-right, but right.

  • Stoopio's Productions

    Stoopio's Productions

     6 months ago


  • Ricken Cesar

    Ricken Cesar

     6 months ago +1


  • ROD


     6 months ago

    This is from a country where white people are the minority.

  • Eduardo Chueri

    Eduardo Chueri

     6 months ago

    We are brazillians and we love Jair Bolsonaro a lot

  • Bruno 1020

    Bruno 1020

     7 months ago +1


  • Jhonatan Freitas Bomhardt

    Jhonatan Freitas Bomhardt

     7 months ago

    finally Brazil will become white again

  • Shijin PS

    Shijin PS

     7 months ago +2

    Good for brazil..... The entire world is leaning is a towards right wing.... Love❤ from India 🇮🇳

  • Video Mapping

    Video Mapping

     7 months ago

    I can see why he gets along with Trump

  • Joel S

    Joel S

     7 months ago

    You are part of the establishment, ripping of the president elected by THE PEOPLE. That’s all around the world. WE THE PEOPLE won’t change

  • Jordan Shackelford

    Jordan Shackelford

     7 months ago

    That girl looks like she's gaining weight