Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate and ex-soldier has been declared winner of the Brazilian presidential election
Brazil’s top electoral court confirmed the congressman’s victory after he won with 55.5 percent of the vote. He now becomes the new president of the world’s fourth-largest democracy after defeating leftist Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor.
Reacting to his victory in a video transmitted from his home in Rio de Janeiro, the 63-year-old said: ‘I first want to thank God. This is not the promise of a party, nor the word of a man. It is an oath before God.
‘We will change Brazil’s destiny together.’
The longtime congressman pledged to govern following the Bible and the constitution and added: ‘We cannot continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and the extremism of the left.’
Back in September, Bolsonaro was stabbed during a campaign rally in the southern city of Juiz de Fora. The politician survived but was seriously injured and underwent surgery.
The new president will be sworn-in on the 1st of January 2019.