Published: Wed, January 02, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump congratulates Brazil's President Bolsonaro

Trump congratulates Brazil's President Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has promised radical measures to cut soaring crime and widespread corruption, took office on Tuesday, marking Brazil's starkest shift to the right since its return to democracy three decades ago.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he would not resign if prosecutors moved to indict him on corruption charges, as authorities probe several cases involving him ahead of April polls.

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

Minutes later, Trump tweeted that Bolsonaro had made a "great inauguration speech" adding, "The U.S.A is with you!"

Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro - dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics" - has been sworn in as president of Brazil.

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The Social Liberal Party candidate and former longtime congressman replied to Trump's congratulations, saying, "Together, under God's protection, we shall bring prosperity and progress to our people!"

"Mr Bolsonaro told me it was "when, not if" he moves the embassy to Jerusalem", Mr Netanyahu said on Sunday at a meeting with leaders of Brazil's Jewish community in Rio de Janeiro.

Organizers say almost 50 people participated in the protest at the intersection of Bay and Bloor streets outside the Brazilian consulate.

Bolsonaro supporters hope their man will do better.

During the visit, Volodin will hold a meeting with Speaker of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies (lower house of parliament) Rodrigo Maia. "There are hundreds of bureaucratic governing bodies across Brazil, of regulators as well".

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Days after being elected, he picked Brazil's most famous anti-corruption judge, Sergio Moro, as his minister of justice.

Bolsonaro, who has previously said his education minister will stop "Marxist trash" from being taught in schools and universities, vowed his government would "prepare children for the job market, not political militancy".

During the election race in September, he was stabbed by a knifeman at a rally and seriously injured, taking more than a month to recover.

Supporters travelled from cities across Brazil to witness the ceremony, some of whom went in overnight buses via paid travel and accommodation packages set up by online Bolsonaro fan groups. "The Secretary reiterated the United States' commitment to Israel's security and unconditional right to self-defense", the statement read. "This is a partnership that is meant to happen, and we're going to make it happen very fast".

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