Brazil Swears In Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Jewish leaders in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Jewish leaders in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday

Bolsonaro then read a short speech that included numerous far-right positions he staked out during the campaign.

As his motorcade drove by, supporters chanted "Myth!"

"Our flag will never be red", Bolsonaro said, a reference to communism.

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. His intestine was pierced when a knife-wielding man stabbed and almost killed him, and today Bolsonaro wears a colostomy bag.

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

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.

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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.

On the economic front, where Bolsonaro will ultimately lead Latin America's largest economy is unknown, as during the campaign he reversed course from previous statist stances with pledges to lead market-friendly reforms. Bolsonaro, a vocal critic of media that voice opposition to him, has promised to cut advertising funds from state-owned companies to some media organizations. "We must urgently end ideologies that defend criminals and penalise police".

Leftist Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Miguel Díaz-Canel of Cuba, deemed dictators by Bolsonaro, were uninvited by Bolsonaro's team after the foreign ministry sent them invitations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that the planned withdrawal of USA forces from Syria would not change Washington's commitments to the Jewish state.

"We understand the threat that that violation of Israeli sovereignty presents to the region and the country, that threat from Iranian Hezbollah", Pompeo said. For years Bolsonaro has praised Brazil's former military dictatorship, while speaking in favor of torture and threatening to destroy, imprison or banish his political opponents. That has sparked fears among his adversaries of a return to autocratic rule, but Bolsonaro insists he will respect the country's constitution.

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

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