What Brazil's Bolsonaro will likely tackle in first months

What Brazil's Bolsonaro will likely tackle in first months

Bolsonaro was elected president at the end of October, defeating his rival Fernando Haddad of the centre-left Workers' Party by a comfortable margin in the second-round runoff.

"I made a lot of money and saved money to buy the ticket, to be able to buy the plane ticket because it's a long way to come by vehicle but we managed to make it all the way to be here on this day for President Bolsonaro's inauguration".

A few kilometres away, 19-year-old college student Grace Kelly Silveira, 19, waited at a bus station as Bolsonaro supporters poured through the terminal on their way to the inauguration, cheering as they waved Brazilian flags.

He pointed to US President Donald Trump going through with his promise to move his country's embassy and said 'Bolsonaro will also do so'.

Bolsonaro, 63, rode a populist revolt against the traditional political class to take the presidency.

The new president, who spent almost three decades in Congress, has also drawn global criticism for his plans to roll back regulations in the Amazon and his disinterest in social programs in a country that is one of the world's most unequal in terms of income. Bolsonaro was wounded by a knife-wielding assailant during the campaign, and he takes office at a moment when the country is deeply polarised.

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.

An estimated half-million spectators were expected to cheer Bolsonaro in Brasilia.

In his speech to lawmakers, Bolsonaro promised to reduce bureaucratic regulations, promote a more free-market economic policy and protect police officers.

Jair Bolsonaro was elected Brazil's president on promises to overhaul many aspects of Latin America's largest nation, from changing its worldwide alliances to cracking down on endemic corruption and street crime.

Mr Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil.

Still, he has come under intense pressure from Brazil's powerful agriculture sector not to do so, as it could hurt Brazilian exports to Arab nations.

Bolsonaro said in early November he meant to follow Trump's lead in moving his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bolsonaro rose to power as he promised to eradicate the corruption and crime in the country during the election campaign. Many Brazilians, wary of established politicians after a corruption scandal tainted vast swaths of the country's political elite, saw in Bolsonaro an outsider they could trust.

Election participation is compulsory in Brazil.

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