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Brazil Candidates Support PT's Haddad After First Round

  • Brazilian presidential candidates unite against far-right Jair Bolsonaro

    Brazilian presidential candidates unite against far-right Jair Bolsonaro | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 October 2018

Some candidates immediately expressed implicit or explicit support for the PT candidate in light of the strong showing by Bolsonaro during the first round of voting in Brazil.

Sunday's elections results have ensured a second round in Brazil. With over 90 percent of the ballots counted, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro wins the first round with 46.3 percent of the vote, but fails to reach the 50 percent necessary to be elected president of Brazil on the first round. Fernando Haddad of the PT who got 28.9 percent is now in second place and will face Bolsonaro in the second round on Oct. 28.

Brazil Elections: Bolsonaro, Haddad To Face Off In Second Round

Left-wing candidates did not let even an hour pass after the election results came in before expressing their rejection of the far-right fascist candidate Jair Bolsonaro, and throwing their support behind left-wing Workers' Party candidate Fernando Haddad.

The candidate from the Democratic Labor Party (PDT) Ciro Gomes, who came in third place in the elections with 12.5 percent of the votes, has already rejected Bolsonaro by saying: "No doubt, Not Him." #NotHim has been the slogan rejecting Jair Bolsonaro's authoritarian, sexist, racist, homophobic and fascist comments and behavior.

"One thing I can tell you now, as you have already seen: my life story is a life story that defends democracy and against fascism," he said in a statement to press.

Guilherme Boulos from the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) in a tweet, showed his support to Fernando Haddad and categorically rejected Jair Bolsonaro. "Now we will go to the streets to defeat fascism and to elect the person who represents democracy in the second turn: Fernando Haddad. #NotHim," wrote Boulos on his Twitter account.

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