Far-right Bolsonaro wins Brazil presidential race

BRASILIA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, riding a wave of frustration over corruption and crime that brought a dramatic swing to the right in the world's fourth-largest democracy.

With 94 percent of ballots counted, Bolsonaro had 56 percent of the votes in the run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who had 44 percent, according to the electoral authority TSE.

"We cannot continue flirting with communism ... We are going to change the destiny of Brazil," Bolsonaro said in an acceptance address in which he vowed to carry out his campaign promises to stamp out corruption after years of leftist rule.

The former army captain's rise has been propelled by rejection of the leftist PT that ran Brazil for 13 of the last 15 years and was ousted two years ago in the midst of a deep recession and political graft scandal.

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Presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, of the Social Liberal Party, left, flashes a thumbs up at a polling station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Brazilians choose among 13 candidates for president Sunday in one of the most unpredictable and divisive elections in decades. If no one gets a majority in the first round, the top two candidates will compete in a runoff. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, with the Social Liberal Party, waves to the press after visiting Federal Police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential election Oct. 7 with 46 percent of the vote, but since he failed to top 50 percent, he is in a second-round ballot on Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro poses for a photo during a meeting with Rio de Janeiro's Archbishop Dom Orani Tempesta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential election Oct. 7 with 46 percent of the vote, but since he failed to top 50 percent, he is in a second-round ballot on Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, of the right wing Social Liberal Party speaks during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Bolsonaro will face Workers Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad in a presidential runoff on Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
El candidato de extrema derecha a la presidencia de Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro, llega a una conferencia de prensa en Río de Janeiro, Brasil, el jueves 11 de octubre de 2018. (AP Foto/Leo Correa)
Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, of the right wing Social Liberal Party, arrives for a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Bolsonaro will face Workers Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad in a presidential runoff on Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Gustavo Bebianno Rocha, right, president of the right wing Social Liberal Party, whispers to his presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, of the Social Liberal Party as his son Flavio Bolsonaro, left, stands aside during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Bolsonaro will face Workers Party presidential candidate Fernando Haddad in a presidential runoff on Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
En esta imagen, tomada el 7 de octubre de 2018, el candidato presidencial Jair Bolsonaro, favorito en las encuestas, hace el signo de la victoria tras depositar su voto en Río de Janeiro, Brasil. Bolsonaro quedó a un paso de la victoria en la primera ronda y se medirá al exalcalde de Sao Paulo Fernando Haddad, candidato del Partido de los Trabajadores, en el balotaje del 28 de octubre. (AP Foto/Leo Correa)
El líder en las encuestas hacia las elecciones por la presidencia Jair Bolsonaro, del Partido Social Liberal (izquierda), aparece acompañado de su hijo Flavio Bolsonaro, antes de sufragar en Río de Janeiro, Brasil, el domingo 7 de octubre de 2018. (AP Foto/Silvia Izquierdo)
Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate with the Social Liberal Party, gestures after voting in general elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, of the Social Liberal Party, leaves a polling station after casting his ballot in the general election, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Brazilians choose among 13 candidates for president Sunday in one of the most unpredictable and divisive elections in decades. If no one gets a majority in the first round, the top two candidates will compete in a runoff. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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Thousands of Bolsonaro supporters cheered and set off fireworks outside his home in Rio de Janeiro's Barra de Tijuca beachfront neighborhood as his victory was announced. In Brazil's commercial capital of Sao Paulo, Bolsonaro's win was greeted with fireworks and the honking of car horns.

"Brazil is partying. Brazil's good people are celebrating," said Carmen Flores, local president of Bolsonaro's PSL party.

The vote had been calm and orderly across the country, said Laura Chinchilla, the former president of Costa Rica who is head of the Organization of American States' Electoral Observation Mission. Brazil has suffered a spate of partisan violence during the polarized campaign.

Many Brazilians are concerned that Bolsonaro, an admirer of Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship and a defender of its use of torture on leftist opponents, will trample on human rights, curtail civil liberties and muzzle freedom of speech.

The 63-year-old seven-term congressman has vowed to crack down on crime in Brazil's cities and farm belt by granting police more autonomy to shoot at criminals. He also wants to let more Brazilians buy weapons to fight crime.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle and Jake Spring in Brasilia, Rodrigo Viga Gaier in Rio de Janeiro and Brad Brooks in Sao Paulo; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Rosalba O'Brien)

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