Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Brazil's Bolsonaro targets 'lying' press, wants crusading judge as minister

Brazil's Bolsonaro targets 'lying' press, wants crusading judge as minister

His supporters have accused the judge of bias against their leaders.

Bolsonaro has frequently disparaged women, gays and blacks, praised torture and killings by police, and has said he would name military men to his cabinet.

In one of the incoming administration's first major policy announcements, Bolsonaro's pick for chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, confirmed the agriculture and environment ministries would be combined.

A columnist for Estado de S. Paulo reported on the newspaper's website on Wednesday that Moro will accept an offer from Bolsonaro to run the Justice Ministry with expanded powers over corruption and public safety, without citing a source.

"If I had said that during the campaign that would be opportunistic", he said.

"I first want to thank God", Bolsonaro told supporters in a video transmitted from his home in Rio, recounting how he was stabbed while campaigning last month and nearly died.

Barring that, he said he would nominate him to the Supreme Court.

Ibope poll released late on Saturday show that the Workers Party left-winger candidate, Fernando Haddad narrowed Bolsonaro's lead to eight percentage points.

Investors have been particularly heartened by Bolsonaro's choice of Guedes, a Chicago University-trained economist and investment banker, as future economy minister.

The Nigerian leader wished Bolsonaro, who will take office in January 2019 a successful tenure in confronting his country's current socio-economic challenges.

Brazil's Industrial National Confederation already released a statement criticizing the decision.

"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.

Bolsonaro's team confirmed Tuesday he would combine the two ministries, drawing condemnation from activists who warned the move would subordinate environmental regulation to agrobusiness in a country that is home to some of Earth's most vital natural resources, including the Amazon rainforest.

The president-elect, who is backed by Brazil's powerful agribusiness lobby, had floated the idea in the past, saying, "Let's be clear: the future ministry will come from the productive sector".

The move "will be a triple disaster", said former environment minister Marina Silva. "This undermines the competitivity of Brazilian agribusiness, which depends on strong environmental governance, and makes Brazil a pariah in the worldwide scene".

In Sao Paulo - the largest city in the country - hundreds of people gathered on the central Paulista Avenue to also protest against president-elect, victor of last Sunday's elections with 55 per cent of the vote.

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