• Mariam Gevorkian

Brazil's election of Bolsonaro

With 14 years under Socialist rule, Brazil experienced a wrecked economy, corruption scandals and constant rising levels of poverty. A far-right candidate winning the Brazilian presidential election indicates that the voting was not centralising on ideology but rather on an attempt to move away from socialist rule and towards conservative, in hope to improve the living standards of the working as well as lower classes.

The 64 K murders in Brazil within 2017-2018 relating to drug trafficking and organised crime, will be at the top of the newly elected Presidents agenda. The demand for drugs within the past decade flourishing has been the core reason why drug trafficking in Brazil has gone out of control.

Jair Bolsonaro has shown his interest of implementing principles of market liberalism into Brazil's economy in order to impact the socio-economic standards of living in the long -term run. This would entail withdrawing governmental intervention in the economy, cutting fiscal spending and reducing taxation. The movement towards conservative political regimes has indeed occurred on a global scale; starting with Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the election of a populist party in the coalition in Italy and now the election of Bolsonaro.

Despite unpopularity within social media revolving around his distaste towards particular interest groups, which otherwise suggest that the President is not modern and liberal, Bolsonaro managed to win majority of the votes in the Brazilian election.

The struggle of Brazil

Brazil has been experiencing its worst economic crisis, with increasing levels of homelessness and unemployment. The housing crisis combined with the flourishing drug market have played a massive role in deteriorating social structures and denting the future of the youth. Sao Paulo is known to be the home of two very distinctive classes, the rich and the poor are often differentiated as Sao Paulo "above and below the ground". Thereby, the election of Bolsonaro in many ways comes as no surprise as the majority of Brazil has been living in deprived conditions for over a decade and felt the need to tilt towards a different political regime in order for change to be ensued.