SAO PAULO – The Latest on Brazil's presidential election (all times local):
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has sent a message of encouragement to Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
Le Pen wished Bolsonaro "good luck" via her official Twitter account Monday.
She said he will have to "rectify the very fragile economic, security and democratic situation of Brazil."
She also interpreted the results as a rebuke by Brazilians of "the widespread corruption and terrifying crime that flourished under far-left governments." Le Pen has had consistent praise for populist leaders around the world.
The spokesperson for French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party in parliament, Aurore Berge, meanwhile, tweeted a warning over the Brazilian election results that "no democracy is safe."
In some of his first words to the nation as president-elect, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro promised to defend the constitution and unite a bitterly divided populace.
His left-wing rival immediately vowed to mount a vigorous opposition, while rights groups warned against a rollback of civil liberties.
That juxtaposition underscored the reality that the end of the election was not the end of acrimony and that myriad challenges lay ahead for Latin America's largest nation.
Bolsonaro appeared to try to allay those concerns Sunday night, saying he would "pacify" Brazil following a race that revealed deep divisions and was repeatedly marred by violence. The candidate himself was stabbed and almost died while campaigning in early September, and there were numerous reports of politically motivated violence, especially directed at gay people.