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Brazil: Some surprises in election – Nordea Markets

Morten Lund, Research Analyst at Nordea Markets, explains that Bolsonaro dominated Sunday’s election of Brazil with better than expected results in the presidential and parliamentary elections.

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“As widely expected, the two beforehand favourites,  Jair Bolsonaro  (Social Liberal Party) and  Fernando Haddad  (Workers’ Party) made it through to the second run-off in the presidential election as none of them secured more than the 50% needed to get elected in the first round.  The two candidates now will face each other in the second round 28 October.”

“There was, however, some surprises in Sunday’s election. The far-right, controversial candidate, Bolsonaro, ended up with around 46% of the votes – well above what opinion polls had suggested. Leftist Haddad also received more votes than anticipated, but the 29.1% he received was closer to what the polls had indicated.”

“On top of this, Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party had a  better than expected election in Congress, as the party according to projections will receive around 51 of the 513 seats in the lower house.”

“Based on Bolsonaro’s domination in Sundays’ election, he looks like a clear favourite in the second run-off. According to betting markets, the  odds of Bolsonaro getting elected on the 28 October has increased to around 75%.”

“We expect the  BRL to rally  when markets open as Bolsonaro is considered to be the  lesser evil of the two candidates by the financial markets.”

“Although, the more market-friendly Bolsonaro looks like a winner, we still  see limited upside for the BRL in the coming years.”


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