October 8, 2018 / 1:25 PM / 9 months ago

Bolsonaro in talks with Brazil lawmakers for support in Congress

Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), casts his vote in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that he was already in talks with other lawmakers in Congress to gain support if he wins a second-round run-off later this month, as his party would not be able to govern alone.

Speaking the day after he came just shy of a first-round victory in Brazil’s most polarized election in decades, Bolsonaro also said he would stick with his Wall Street-friendly economic advisor Paulo Guedes, adding that he would hew to his hard line message and not become a “peace and love” candidate.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca and Maria Clara Pestre; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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