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Bolsonaro Signals More Social Spending Ahead of Brazil Runoff

  • President promised extra transfer for women in Auxilio Brasil
  • Economy Minister Guedes will advertise economic improvement
Jair Bolsonaro before the last televised presidential debate in Rio de Janeiro 
Jair Bolsonaro before the last televised presidential debate in Rio de Janeiro Photographer: Andre Borges/Bloomberg

President Jair Bolsonaro is turning to promises of more social spending in a bid to improve his standing amid low-income Brazilians ahead of a Oct. 30 runoff against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Bolsonaro, who had a stronger performance than most pollsters anticipated in the first round of voting, announced his government will pay an extra 600 real ($116.58) stipend for women benefiting from his social program in 2023 if he is elected for another four-year term. That extra spending would cost public coffers at least 6 billion reais a year, according to estimates from the economic team.