Bolsonaro says Brazil 'liberated from Socialism' at inaugural ceremony

Hugh Fox
January 3, 2019

The 63-year-old former paratrooper and veteran lawmaker received swift congratulations via Twitter from US President Donald Trump, with whom he shares a similar, brash style and outlook.

Bolsonaro, meanwhile, has said his education ministry will stop "Marxist trash" being taught in schools and universities - another swipe at the Workers Party, which greatly boosted access to education for the poor and blacks. "Today, criminals are freer to go about armed than good people who respect the law", said one, Ze Ivan, a businessman from Brazil's northern state of Para.

"I will bring in politics completely different from that which brought corruption and inefficiency to Brazil", he said late Monday in an interview with Record TV.

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In addition, the prime minister also held a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who informed Netanyahu that Hungary is now promoting a new program regarding the country's Holocaust Museum.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would not change Washington's commitments to the Jewish state. Bolsonaro and his wife, Michelle, stood up in an open-top Rolls-Royce and waved to thousands of onlookers.

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing.

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The pair were surrounded by dozens of guards on horseback and plain-clothes bodyguards who ran alongside them.

The capital Brasilia was under tight security, with 3,000 police patrolling the event. Supporters chanted "Brazil above everything, God above everyone". The increased security came at the request of the incoming president, who was stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in September. Leftist president such as Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba - who Bolsonaro has deemed dictators - were not invited.

Journalists attending the inauguration complained about their treatment after they were required to arrive at the event seven hours early.

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An Indigenous man aims to deliver a letter to Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro at a transitional government building in Brasilia on December 6. He also promised to overhaul Brazil's pension system and privatize several state-owned companies, which gave him wide support among financial players.

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