Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as Brazil’s president and has promised to overhaul several aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. For the former army captain, the inauguration culminated a journey from a marginalised and even ridiculed congressmen to a leader who many Brazilians hope can combat endemic corruption. After taking office Mr Bolsonaro read a short speech that included many of the far-right positions he staked out during the campaign. He promised to combat the “ideology of gender” teaching in schools, “respect our Judeo-Christian tradition” and “prepare children for the job market, not political militancy”.
A fan of US President Donald Trump, the 63-year-old long-time congressman called on all congressman to help him rescue Brazil from corruption, criminality and ideological submission. He rose to power on an anti-corruption and pro-gun agenda that has energised conservatives and hard-right supporters after four consecutive presidential election wins by the left-leaning Workers’ Party. Mr Bolsonaro was the latest of several far-right leaders around the globe who have come to power by riding waves of anger at the establishment and promising to ditch the status quo.
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