Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

I will rid Brazil of corruption, Bolsonaro vows at swearing in

I will rid Brazil of corruption, Bolsonaro vows at swearing in

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. "The U.S.A.is with you!" About 10,000 police officers and soldiers were deployed on the streets of Brasilia, the capital, as Bolsonaro and his wife rode in an open-topped Rolls-Royce to Congress.

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

Once inside Congress, Mr Bolsonaro and his vice president, retired Gen Hamilton Mourao, took the oath of office. Supporters chanted "Brazil above everything, God above everyone". "Myth! Myth!"- a nickname that began years ago with internet memes of Mr Bolsonaro and became more common during last year's campaign.

During Tuesday's speech, Bolsonaro stopped at one point, pulled out a Brazilian flag and wildly waved it, prompting roars from the crowd.

"We can not continue flirting with communism", Bolsonaro said following his victory. "Our flag will only be red if blood is needed to keep it green and yellow".


Following a knife attack during the presidential campaign that left Bolsonaro hospitalised for weeks, security was tight for his inauguration.

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

There are also concerns for Brazil's extensive and diverse environment, with Bolsonaro's pro-business push being made at the expense of preservation - especially in the Amazon, sometimes called "the lungs of the planet" and at risk from increasing deforestation.

Bolsonaro supporters hope their man will do better. Both Netanyahu and Bolsonaro described the Brazilian embassy transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as "a matter of when, not if".

Bolsonaro has already said he will pull his country out of a United Nations global pact on migration, and he is considering whether to keep Brazil in the Paris climate accord. He also promised to overhaul Brazil's pension system and privatize several state-owned companies, which gave him wide support among financial players. More than 63,000 people were killed past year.


That worries many, who fear it could aggravate Brazil's rampant violence.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, told reporters that a security delegation had met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria as the U.S. plans to withdraw from the country. 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.

"We understand the threat that that violation of Israeli sovereignty presents to the region and the country, that threat from Iranian Hezbollah", Pompeo said.

"The danger is that as a former low-ranking military officer, (Bolsonaro) will be swayed by some of the generals to come down hard on criminality, drug dealers, etc., and that may cause a backlash and many innocent people could be caught in the crossfire", Roett said.

"I will work tirelessly so that Brazil reaches its destiny", Bolsonaro added.


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