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  • Chilean President Sebastian Piñera talks about Brazilian far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro

    Chilean President Sebastian Piñera talks about Brazilian far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 October 2018

The Chilean president said that he knows the team that is building Bolosnaro's economic project and they show clear signs to "Open the Brazilian economy, reduce the fiscal deficit, reform pensions, reduce the size of the public sector with many privatizations."

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, talking in the economic forum in Spain called "Challenges of Latin America: Towards an Integral, Inclusive and Sustainable Development" organized by the newspaper El País, said that "we know little about him (Jair Bolsonaro)" but that in economic matters he agrees with the Brazilian far-right candidate.

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The Chilean president said that he knows the team that is building Bolosnaro's economic project and they show clear sings to "Open the Brazilian economy, reduce the fiscal deficit, reform pensions, reduce the size of the public sector with many privatizations." The economic plan from the far-right evangelical candidate is "what a country like Brazil, that it's a giant, needs," Piñera added.

The Chilean authority also praised the comments of Bolsonaro about corruption, "he spoke very strongly of a frontal fight against corruption, and corruption and populism have been two formidable enemies in Brazil."

"I have always thought that the best way to fight corruption, and Bolsonaro mentioned it also and spoke of following the Chilean model, is with transparency, citizens have the right to know what is done with their votes and what they spend their resources that they finance with their taxes," Piñera added. Mentioning that Bolsonaro had praised the Chilean model, "Bolsonaro talked about following the Chilean model." Bolsonaro once said that Brazil "needed a Pinochet."

Piñera did not mention the outrageous statements that Jair Bolsonaro has made during his political career.  Jair Bolsonaro led Sunday, Oct 7th presidential elections first round with 46,3 percent of the votes. The leading candidate has been criticized nationally and internationally for his authoritarian, sexist, racist, homophobic and fascist comments and behavior.

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