Brazil's Bolsonaro says country will again lead ethanol production

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Bolsonaro swept to victory in Sunday's election, easily beating his left-wing rival Fernando Haddad.

"It's all about downsizing government so investors and big agribusiness landowners and companies can come in and have a freer hand for more trashing of resources and indigenous rights", Victor Menotti, a former director of the International Forum on Globalization, told AFP. The Amazon rainforest and its most effective defenders - the people who live in it and depend on it - will face an onslaught comparable with the European and USA colonisations of the past centuries - policies which are now matters of national shame.

The press is not the only target of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right former Army captain.

"If you add up the importance of the state, his very radical discourse and the fact that he is from the military and surrounded by military people, I would say that we have a lot of things to worry about, maybe even more than Americans have to worry about Trump", Zucco Jr. said.

Deforestation is responsible for about a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions and intensifies global warming.

His brash style and harsh statements have led many to compare him to the U.S. president, referring to him as "Trump of the tropics" or "Brazil's Donald Trump".

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.

And like Trump, Bolsonaro nevertheless won support from Brazil's religious right, earning the endorsements of prominent evangelical leaders in the run up to a first round of elections in early October.

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He has since backtracked on his pledge to leave the Paris accord.

In the run-up to the election, Bolsonaro, whose first foreign visits would be to Chile, Israel and the United States - that according to him "share our worldview" - has said: "The future ministry will come from the productive sector".

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. "Several NGO activists in different fields are getting threats..."

Trump called Bolsonaro to congratulate him on his victory.

Bolsonaro, with a proudly authoritarian approach that attracted Brazilian voters tired of crime and corruption, will have to find a way to fit into the groupings of developing countries.

"These elections revealed the worst in humanity".

After growing one percent last year, Brazil, the world's eighth-largest economy, is forecast to grow about 1.4 percent this year.

He has previously spoken out against lands reserved for indigenous tribes.

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