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As it happened: Brazil’s far-right Bolsonaro wins presidential poll

Reuters | Jair Bolsonaro, 63, waves to supporters in Rio de Janeiro after voting in Brazil's presidential run-off..

Riding a wave of anti-establishment anger, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain with a history of denigrating remarks about women, gays and blacks, won Brazil's presidential run-off Sunday with 55.2 percent of the vote.


• Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro won Sunday’s poll with 55.2 percent of the vote against 44.8 percent for the Workers’ Party candidate, Fernando Haddad.

In his acceptance speech, the 63-year-old former military officer promised to defend “the constitution, democracy and freedom”. But he said he wanted to change the country's direction: "We cannot continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and leftist extremism.”

In his concession speech, Haddad said he had "a responsibility to join the political opposition" and promised to "defend the freedoms of those 45 million people" who voted for him.

US President Donald Trump called Bolsonaro to wish him good luck soon after his electoral victory, auguring closer political ties between the two largest nations in the Americas.

Read our live blog below to see how all the events unfolded.

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