New Brazil President Bolsonaro takes aim at crime, corruption

New Brazil President Bolsonaro takes aim at crime, corruption

New Brazil President Bolsonaro takes aim at crime, corruption

He also stirred controversy after he announced his intention to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after he won the election.

Supporters wore shirts featuring the new president's face and waved Brazilian flags.

As NPR's Philip Reeves reports, Bolsonaro's landslide October election marked a hard turn right for a region that has had leftist leaders for decades.

But amid a backdrop of economic crisis, rising violence and corruption scandals that stained all of Brazil's main political parties, Bolsonaro cultivated an image as the outsider candidate and swept to victory in an election fuelled by anti-establishment sentiment.

US President Donald Trump congratulated his Brazilian counterpart via Twitter on a "great inauguration speech".

The most notable foreign leaders who attended were associated with far-right movements: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

While Bolsonaro enjoys sky-high approval ratings, many in Brazil fear his nostalgia for the military dictatorship that reigned from 1964 to 1985, his hardline approach to fighting crime and his record of disparaging women and minorities could herald a harsh shake-up.

In a ceremony marked by pomp and high security, Bolsonaro will formally take over from center-right Michel Temer, who succeeded Rousseff but made little headway with needed fiscal reform and ended up Brazil's most unpopular leader ever. The increased security came at the request of the incoming president, who was stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in September.

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He has praised that era as a "glorious period" in Brazil's history.

The veteran premier was speaking in a press conference streamed online from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where he is on an official visit.

Bolsonaro is now hosting world leaders ahead of his inauguration, which will be held this week.

Mr Bolsonaro's key campaign promises were to drive down crime and to stamp out corruption, which has seen scores of top businessmen and high-ranking politicians, including former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, jailed. He is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil.

Bolsonaro has promised to roll back enforcement of environmental laws and to expand mining, logging and animal agriculture in the world's largest rain forest, which is home to 30 million Indigenous people and sucks up huge amounts of carbon dioxide.

In his inauguration speech before Brazil's Congress, Bolsonaro called for "a true national pact between society and the executive, legislative and judicial powers" to restore the lackluster economy - "without ideological bias".

"Imagine what would happen if a prime minister is ousted before the hearing is finished, and then after the hearing they decide to close the case".

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