Brazil’s right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro faces run-off in presidential election

Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing Brazilian Congressman, is facing a second-round runoff against leftist former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad after failing to secure an outright majority.

Mr Bolsonaro obtained 46.7 percent of the votes in Sunday’s first-round vote, while Mr Haddad, the stand-in for jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio da Silva, got 28.37 percent, the president of the country’s top electoral court said on Sunday.  The vote will be held on October 28.

Many analysts thought Mr Bolsonaro would win the first round of voting but face a runoff between the two top vote-getters which he would he lose. A first round win was considered a long shot at best in a country where big parties and the public campaign financing and free ad time they command hold sway.

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