Brazil's Bolsonaro wants crusading judge in cabinet

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro grimaces right after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora Brazil Thursday Sept. 6 2018

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Stabbed at Campaign Event

The far-right president-elect was swept to victory Sunday on a wave of anti-establishment outrage fueled in part by Moro's investigation into the large-scale looting of state oil company Petrobras, which has landed a laundry list of corrupt politicians and business executives in jail.

Lula's substitute, Fernando Haddad, lost Sunday's runoff election to Bolsonaro by 10 percentage points, as voters punished the Workers' Party - victor of the previous four presidential elections - for corruption and economic malaise.

The former army captain huddled with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno called "a combat vanguard" for the new administration.

Licking their wounds, many party leaders can not help looking back to the past as they diagnose what went wrong. And we pledge to renew our efforts to support and bolster their efforts.

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He has been labeled by far-leftist critics as "the most misogynistic, hateful elected official in the democratic world".

The former leader is now serving 12 years behind bars, which led the courts to bar his presidential run.

The party insists the case was cooked up to sideline Lula - who remains enduringly popular, though immensely controversial.

The 63-year-old former paratrooper chose to give his first post-election interview to Record TV, a network owned by one of Brazil's biggest evangelical leaders.

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"I firmly believe, as the president-elect was able to declare, that he will make a government of much peace and harmony, which is what our country most needs", said Temer. And in the upper house, where the party has never held a seat, it won four.

Bolsonaro, who is backed by Brazil's powerful agrobusiness lobby, had proposed the idea in the past, saying, "Let's be clear: the future ministry will come from the productive sector".

But to effectively lead the opposition, the PT may have to give up or tone down its fight to free Lula, which has consumed an vast amount of its political resources. "It's not going to work", Guedes said.

Bolsonaro, who has expressed admiration for dictators including Chile's Augusto Pinochet, claimed many Brazilians now believed Brazil's military regime "wasn't a dictatorship as the left has always preached". Yet the University of Chicago-trained economist, who is getting his first taste of public service, met with skepticism from more seasoned politicians.

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Bolsonaro supporters carried out physical attacks and organized campaigns of online harassment in the run-up to Sunday's vote, targeting journalists in particular, according to a tally kept by Abraji, an investigative journalism group. The party became synonymous with the web of corruption that still plagues Brazil. "Bolsonaro just happened to be in the right place at the right time".

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