Jair Bolsonaro Fast Facts
Presidential primaries in South America have been very unusual. In Chile, the election was cancelled on May 26 due to a military coup, after the resignation of the country’s new President Sebastián Piñera. The same thing happened in El Salvador. In Brazil, Bolsonaro was not even invited to run for president. The president of Brazil was the more liberal and pro-US candidate. In Argentina and the Perú, the elections were canceled. The president of Brazil was the candidate of the political wing of the military, which fought the election and the presidency. The coup in Chile and the resignation of the president of Peru will be explained below.
However, Bolsonaro didn’t appear to be a favorite of the Brazilian Military (MDB) either. In Chile, Bolsonaro’s approval rating for President was below 30%, according to surveys conducted on July 28, and Bolsonaro was being criticized by the opposition at home and abroad, and by the military, for his comments and actions.
In Peru, meanwhile, the leader of the Movement for Change, Keiko Fujimori, has decided to run under the banner of the Peruvian Movement for Socialism (MAS) and the Worker’s Party (PPT).
The only notable difference in Bolsonaro’s run for president from his run as governor is that he failed to get himself invited to be the running mate of his rival, the candidate of the left, Mauricio Martinez. In a country where the public education has been privatized in favor of private operators, the lack of public support is not as surprising as it might seem, for an unpopular politician.
What is the Brazilian president’s motivation?
The reason why Bolsonaro wants to be president is quite simple. Like John Kerry, he wants to be the first Latin American to be the head of state of a country that was colonized by the US over 300 years ago. He also wants to become the last president of Brazil to hold power under the Workers’ Party, before all the parties merged into the Workers’ Party one day in the 1980s.
“I want Brazil to be the best,” he told an interviewer in September of 2015, while campaigning for the position of