Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil

Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil

Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil

A far-right former army captain has been sworn in as Brazil's new president in the capital Brasilia. Whether Brazil, which has the largest chunk of the Amazon basin in South America, formally stays in the accord may be all but irrelevant: Scientists say the country won't meet its targets on emissions reductions if Bolsonaro does what he has promised.

"I do not intend to resign", the prime minister said at a press conference in Brazil aired by i24 News.

Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (L) and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro head to the National Congress in Brasilia for his swearing-in ceremony, in Brasilia on January 1, 2019.

Crowds gather at Brazil's President Elect Jair Bolsonaro inauguration.

A few kilometres away, 19-year-old college student Grace Kelly Silveira, 19, waited at a bus station as Bolsonaro supporters poured through the terminal on their way to the inauguration, cheering as they waved Brazilian flags.

"I also came to watch the official exit of the Workers' Party from the presidency", she said.

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While he was taking power with sky-high approval ratings, many in Brazil feared his stated nostalgia for the country's military dictatorship that ruled 1964 to 1985, his hardline approach to fighting crime and his record of disparaging women and minorities. He has courted US President Donald Trump, a politician he admires and emulates.

Bolsonaro said in early November he meant to follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump in moving his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The issue of the embassy has been hovering over Netanyahu's visit to Brazil, as Bolsonaro appeared to remain mum on the matter in the leaders first meeting on Friday.

Mr Bolsonaro has been scathing in his criticism of the left-wing governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, and cancelled invitations to their leaders.

Bolsonaro takes power with sky-high approval ratings and high hopes from many of Brazil's 210 million inhabitants that he can stamp out graft, reduce rampant crime, and re-ignite an economy laid low by a record-breaking recession. Many Brazilians, wary of established politicians after a corruption scandal tainted vast swaths of the country's political elite, saw in Bolsonaro an outsider they could trust. Brazil is the annual world leader in total homicides - more than 63,000 in 2017 - and a majority are from firearms.

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