A far-right former Army captain is closing in on the presidency of Brazil after storming to a huge lead in the first round of elections.

🇧🇷 Voters enraged by years of recession, corruption scandals and soaring crime rallied around Jair Bolsonaro’s strongman message, giving him 46.2% of the vote – just short of the majority needed to win outright.

☑ Bolsonaro will face Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad, a former education minister, in a second-round vote later this month.

💰 Whoever takes the helm of the $2 trillion economy faces the daunting prospect of finding jobs for 13 million unemployed and plugging a fiscal deficit worth more than 7% of GDP.

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