Oct 31, 2018

Brazil: Bolsonaro plans threaten Amazon, say experts

Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will merge the ministries of agriculture and the environment, an aide says, in a move which critics say could endanger the Amazon rainforest. Mr Bolsonaro's future chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, announced the new "Super ministry" as details of the new administration began to emerge. A debate has raged in Brazil over the often conflicting needs of environmental protection and economic development. Mr Bolsonaro, 63, has previously suggested that Brazil could pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Mr Bolsonaro swept to victory in Sunday's election, easily beating his left-wing rival Fernando Haddad. The former paratrooper is a deeply polarising figure who has in the past defended the actions of the country's former military regime and said he is "In favour of dictatorship".

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