political flit played out on the streets of Brazil Sunday night, after far right populist Jair Bolsonaro won the presidency.
ot police with tear gas deployed to put down protests on some streets. While on others, Brazilians turned out in the thousands to celebrate. Bolsonaro is an outspoken admirer of US president Donald Trump and his country's former military dictatorship that ruled for decades.
He's campaigned on promises to clean up politics and crack down on crime. He won around 56% of the votes. Reuters' Gabriel Stargardter reports from outside the next president's house.>> The atmosphere here outside Bolsonaro's house is electric tonight. There are fireworks going off, people screaming, grilling meat, drinking beers in the street.
It's a real party atmosphere. Bolsonaro has energized people across Brazil, where people have grown tired of years of rising violence, corruption, and impunity. They're also tired of the leftist Worker's party, which ran Brazil for 13 of the last 15 years and who many blamed for terrible recession and all the laundry lists of problems that currently affect Brazil.
>> Support for the Worker's party candidate Fernando Haddad had grown over the past week. But in the end he couldn't match his opponent's momentum. Bolsonaro's campaign took off after he survived a stabbing attack at a rally in September. He also used social media to capitalize on rage towards corruption in the left, speaking to voters directly on Facebook and Twitter.
Bolsonaro has signaled he'll take a hard line in tackling the country's problems. His plan to crack down on crime includes giving police more power to shoot at criminals. Critics warned he's likely to trample on human rights, curb civil liberties, and muzzle freedom of speech. But following news of his victory, Bolsonaro vowed to uphold democracy.
>> You are my witness that I will be an advocate for defending the Constitution of democracy, of freedom. This is my promise. It's not one of a political party. It's not the word of a man. It's an oath to God.>> Bolsonaro says Donald Trump has already called to wish him luck.