Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro takes oath as President

Jan 02 2019 09:57 AM
Brazil's Jair  Bolsonaro takes oath as President

Jair Bolsonaro has taken oath as Brazil's President on Tuesday in a ceremony at Brazil's National Congress Building. He addressed a joint session of Congress minutes post taking the oath of office, Bolsonaro, a former Army captain and admirer of the country's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, pleaded to adhere to democratic norms.

He stated his government would be guided by the promises he made to Brazilian voters fed up with graft, high levels of aggressive crime and a still-sputtering economy.

Bolsonaro is now 63 old and he was a seven-term fringe congressman who rode a wave of anti-establishment fury to became Brazil's first far-right president since a military dictatorship gave way to civilian ruling three decades ago.

Worth mention here Bolsonaro plans to realign Brazil worldwide, moving away from developing nation allies and closer to the policies of Western leaders, mainly U.S. President Donald Trump, who sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to his swearing in.

It is a clear sign of that diplomatic shift, Bolsonaro plans to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with Brazil's traditional support for a two-state solution to the Palestinian matter.

He was supported massively by conservative sectors of Brazil, including Christian evangelical churches. Bolsonaro would block moves to legalize abortion beyond even the current limited exceptions and remove sex education from public schools, opposing what he calls "cultural Marxism" introduced by current leftist governments.

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