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Brazil Enters New Era as Bolsonaro Takes Power


7Dnews London

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 19:51 GMT

Brazil is opening a new chapter in its history with the far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro taking power, and his determination to emerge from decades of central government has raised both hopes and fears.

After the Brazilians celebrated 2019 with a huge display of fireworks on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, the country entered the unknown with the New Year.

Jair Bolsonaro, 63, a former paratrooper and anti-traditionalist, won 55 percent of the vote on October 28th after a campaign to tackle corruption and criminality.

He also vowed to rule "for all Brazilians," despite his many racist and anti-gay remarks, and not to be impressed by the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985, and millions of Brazilians opposed it.

The official document, which will make him the 38th President of Brazil in the House of Representatives, will follow the example of all his predecessors and sign the official record, a green booklet.

The president has sworn in to "defend and enforce the constitution" and work for "the unity, territorial integrity and independence of Brazil."

But the moment that awaits with the greatest anticipation is his ascension to the Palanalto Palace where his predecessor, Michel Tamer, will hand him the yellow, green, gold-and-diamond silk scarf.

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