President Bolsonaro Ushers New Age Of Nationalism In Brazil

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The New Year has seen the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as the new president of Brazil.  The right wing nationalist won the election in October 2018.  Addressing thousands of supporters during his inauguration, he vowed to tackle crime, corruption and economic mismanagement. 

After receiving his presidential
sash, Bolsonaro told supporters outside the presidential palace that his
election signifies his country freedom from socialism.  The message was a clear reference to more
than 13 years of left-wing rule that began in 2003.

Supporters greeted Bolsonaro,
chanting “Myth! Myth! Myth!” and “the captain has arrived.”

After taking the presidential oath,
Bolsonaro told Congress, “I summon every legislator to the mission of
rebuilding our nation, freeing it of the yoke of corruption, crime, economic
irresponsibility, and ideological submission”.

He also said “My vow is to strengthen
Brazil’s democracy.”

Following his inauguration, U.S.
President Donald Trump congratulated Bolsonaro in a tweet “Congratulations to
President @JairBolsonaro who just made a great inauguration speech – the U.S.A.
is with you!”

Mr. Bolsonaro responded to the U.S
President: “I truly appreciate your words of encouragement. Together, under
God’s protection, we shall bring prosperity and progress to our people.”

The controversial candidate who was
known for his discriminatory tirades against LGBT community, black people, and
women managed to become the frontrunner throughout the election campaign. 

Bolsonaro’s victory rode the wave of
nationalism that’s sweeping the nation ans which has left Brazil divided.

Many of his critics fear that his new
government will veer towards autocratic rule. Seven of Bolsonaro’s 22 Cabinet
ministers are former military personnel, more than in any administration during
Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship.

Bolsonaro declared that he will
prioritize the fight against crime in a nation that has long led the world in
annual homicides.

The President’s position on police
violence has stirred human rights groups who believe that the new president
could shield officers from investigations of misconduct and escalate
extrajudicial killings.

Internationally, Bolsonaro, an
admirer of President Trump, intends to move Brazil away from developing nation
allies and closer to the policies of Western leaders, particularly the U.S
government.

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