Brazil foreign minister seeks to allay election fears

October 11, 2018
Demonstrators carry a banner that reads in Portuguese "Dictatorship never again," during a protest against Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right presidential candidate in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Bolsonaro will face off with Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad in an election runoff on Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

MADRID (AP) — Brazil’s foreign minister says whoever wins his country’s presidential election won’t be able to throw out human rights safeguards.

Aloysio Nunes insisted Thursday that Brazil has “well-established parameters” on an independent judiciary, a free press and foreign policy, whoever comes to power in the Oct. 28 runoff vote.

Nunes made the remarks after declining to comment during an official trip to Madrid on the possibility of front-runner Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate, getting elected.

Bolsonaro has alarmed some with his expressions of nostalgia for Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship and his pledge to restore what he calls “traditional values.”

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said at the same news conference that whether Bolsonaro or his rival, left-leaning Fernando Haddad, win, it won’t be “business as usual.”