Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA)－The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) extended its congratulations on Monday to Brazil’s president-elect after the candidate won a sweeping victory Sunday.
The far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the election by taking 55.2 percent of the votes cast against 44.8 percent for Fernando Haddad from the left-wing Workers’ Party, the Brazilian electoral authority reported.
“We congratulate Jair Bolsonaro on his victory in Brazil’s presidential election. The government and people of #Taiwan look forward to stronger relations across the board with the world’s 4th-largest democracy,” the ministry said on its Twitter account.
According to MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章), Bolsonaro last visited Taiwan this March as a member of the Brazilian Congress “to get a first-hand understanding of the country’s economic, trade, science and education development.”
Bolsonaro is the first Brazilian presidential candidate to visit Taiwan since the South American country cut ties with Taiwan in favor of China in 1974, according to foreign media reports. The visit drew a protest from China’s embassy in Brazil.