Brazil environment ministry condemns Bolsonaro plan

04 November, 2018, 20:30 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
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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.

Form for signing up for free newsletter. Yet the University of Chicago-trained economist, who is getting his first taste of public service, met with skepticism from more seasoned politicians.

But the former army captain had struck a more conciliatory tone in the final days of the campaign, saying, "I'm open to negotiation on that issue".

In Rio de Janeiro, the most emblematic city of the country, more than 200 people marched up the stairs of the Municipal Chamber with banners such as "No More Torture" or "Not Him" and shouting slogans against Bolsonaro, a nostalgic of the military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985), and his ideology, Efe reported.

His brash style and harsh statements have led many to compare him to the United States president, referring to him as "Trump of the tropics" or "Brazil's Donald Trump". But more than two decades of UN-led efforts to curb the practice have largely failed, with Earth still losing a wooded area the size of Greece every year.

Activists are particularly anxious about the implications for the Amazon rainforest, the "lungs of the planet", which is already losing an area the size of Costa Rica to deforestation each year.

But German executives in Brazil are hopeful that Mr. Bolsonaro's election will end a period of instability.

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The Paris deal aims to limit temperature rises to "well below" two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

At this stage, "the foreign policy of Bolsonaro is still very vague", and "it is hard on all of these questions find out where he will place the cursor between the need to satisfy his base and convince the rest of the population", said Roberta Braga, of the think-tank Atlantic Council in Washington.

"So even if he still wants to withdraw, it will not be simple or easy", Schwartzmann told AFP.

Bolsonaro also said he wanted to name anti-corruption crusader Sergio Moro as justice minister, or else nominate the judge - the head of the massive "Car Wash" graft probe - to the Supreme Court. He has repeatedly attacked the environment protection agency Ibama, and as president could influence to what extent its operations are funded. "Several NGO activists in different fields are getting threats..."

It underlined its role in preventing "criminal and predatory exploitation" of Brazil's resources, and said "the national economy would suffer, especially agrobusiness, from possible reprisals by importing countries".

"These elections revealed the worst in humanity".

Most of the rainforest is located in Brazil, which has taken major steps in recent years to protect it in the face of massive deforestation that has reduced its size by about 20 percent in the past 50 years.

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