Thursday, 15 Nov 2018

Latest news: Brazilians start voting for the next president

SAO PAULO – Latest news on the second round of the Brazilian presidential election:


The vote for the presidency is in full swing in the largest nation in Latin America.

Voters choose between the far-right MP Jair Bolsonaro and the former mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad.

Polls before Sunday's vote showed that Bolsonaro had a 10% advantage. Still, the race seemed to be closing, a few weeks before Bolsonaro took an 18-point lead.

Bolsonaro voted in Rio de Janeiro, which he represents in Congress. Haddad is expected to vote later on Sunday in Sao Paulo.

In the first round of voting on 7 October, Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote, compared with 29% for Haddad.

Bolsonaro has promised to fight crime and restore the economy. Haddad promised the continuation of many progressive policies of his workers party, which ruled from 2003 to 2016.

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