Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Pompeo discusses Syria troop withdrawal with Netanyahu

Pompeo discusses Syria troop withdrawal with Netanyahu

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

As he spoke, supporters began to chant "Myth!"

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

The increased security came at Bolsonaro's request.

Bolsonaro supporters hope their man will do better.

Following a knife attack during the presidential campaign that left Bolsonaro hospitalised for weeks, security was tight for his inauguration. Mr Bolsonaro, a nationalist who rails against globalisation, has pledged to follow the lead of the Trump administration by moving Brazil's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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.

Mr Bolsonaro, 63, a former paratrooper who campaigned on a radical programme to fight crime and revitalise Latin America's largest economy, evoked God as he promised to open a "new chapter" in the history of Brazil. He also promised to overhaul Brazil's pension system and privatize several state-owned companies, which gave him wide support among financial players.

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It's also urgent that we put an end to this ideology of defending the criminals and criminalizing the police.

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

The leaders of those countries, and their ally Nicaragua, were excluded from the guest list to Boslonaro's inauguration, although Bolivia's leftwing President Evo Morales did get invited.

"We understand the threat that that violation of Israeli sovereignty presents to the region and the country, that threat from Iranian Hezbollah", Pompeo said.

While Bolsonaro enjoys sky-high approval ratings, many in Brazil fear his nostalgia for the military dictatorship that reigned from 1964 to 1985, his hardline approach to fighting crime and his record of disparaging women and minorities could herald a harsh shake-up.

Bolsonaro's Liberal and Social Party will have 52 seats in Brazil's 513-member lower house, the second largest bloc behind the Workers' Party.

"Bolsonaro needs some quick successes to get off on the right foot with the public and the political elites", said Hufbauer, adding that a failure to do that would likely reduce Bolsonaro's honeymoon period to six months.

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