Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Brazil’s New President Thanks Trump - Vows To Bring Prosperity ‘Under God’s Protection’

Brazil’s New President Thanks Trump - Vows To Bring Prosperity ‘Under God’s Protection’

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro walk to meet Brazil's outgoing President Michel Temer and his wife Marcela Temer, during Bolsonaro's inauguration.

The former paratrooper and longtime lawmaker was starting his 4-year mandate on January 1 as required by the constitution, after a night of New Year's celebrations across the country.

Bolsonaro, who was sworn in before a joint session of Congress, called on legislators to help him "free the nation definitively from the yoke of corruption, crime, economic irresponsibility and ideological submission".

His past remarks made it clear he was referring to policies implemented by the Workers Party, which governed between 2003 and 2016 but ended up reviled for a string of corruption scandals.

He has said he is determined to roll back decisions made under Rousseff and her popular predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is now in prison for corruption.

Bolsonaro voters hope their man will do better.

Mr Trump tweeted his congratulations to the new President.

Human rights groups fear that defense of police violence could shield officers from investigations of misconduct and lead to more extrajudicial killings. The country saw almost 64,000 murders in 2017 - the highest number of any country.

Bolsonaro, who has previously said his education minister will stop "Marxist trash" from being taught in schools and universities, vowed his government would "prepare children for the job market, not political militancy".

Bolsonaro's track record of waxing nostalgic for Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship has stirred some concerns, as have his past disparagements of women, gays and blacks.

Bolsonaro has already said he will do all he can to challenge the leftist governments of Venezuela and Cuba.

The leaders of those countries, and their ally Nicaragua, were excluded from the guest list to Boslonaro's inauguration, although Bolivia's leftwing President Evo Morales did get invited.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated this claim Sunday, announcing in Brazil that Bolsonaro told him the embassy move is "not a question of "if"; it's just a question of 'when, '" Bloomberg reported.

Netanyahu also met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in Brazilt, who according to the source promised to follow in Donald Trump's footsteps and relocate the country's Israelembassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the coming months. But Bolsonaro backtracked and revoked a pledge to quit the Paris climate accord, which Mr. Trump withdrew the US from in 2017.

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