The far-right Jair Bolsonaro was installed in parliament on Tuesday as president of the more than two hundred million inhabitants of Brazil. The 63-year-old former army captain is also called the Brazilian Trump. The real Trump congratulated his new colleague Bolsonaro with a tweets.
Bolsonaro, until recently almost unknown as a politician, took the oath in the capital Brasilia. He won the elections overwhelmingly last year with the message that he can tackle the problems caused by the corrupt elite.
The former soldier repeated his message to the parliamentarians and called on them to help him “liberate Brazil from the yoke of corruption, crime, economic mismanagement and the ideological straitjacket”. He said that his election liberated the country from socialism and from political correctness.
He has previously praised the military dictatorship (1964-1985) and has been extremely disdainful about, among other things, women, gays and blacks. His critics see in him a great danger for democracy, for the rights of black Brazilians, Indians or gays. They also fear that the country will be given an extremely neoliberal minister of finance with Bolsonaro’s ‘economic right hand’, former investment banker Paulo Guedes.
The new president also said in his first speech as head of state that he respects democracy and comes with reforms to get public finances in order and to ease the burden on employers and employees. Brazil, after sixteen years of leftist governments, suffers a recession, massive corruption and extremely violent crime.
Bolsonaro, who just survived an assassination attempt in September, entered the governmental center in Brasilia in an open Rolls-Royce with his wife Michele. More than 12,000 policemen and soldiers have been pulled out to secure the inauguration. Supporters applauded him and called Bolsonaro’s slogan “Brazil above all, God above everyone”.
175 murders every day
One of the measures that Bolsonaro wants to take quickly is to give citizens the right to have weapons without a criminal record. They could defend themselves against the heavily armed criminals. In Brazil about 175 murders are committed every day.
As ‘Brazilian Trump’, the new president wants to look for a rapprochement with the US. ‘The Donald’ immediately sent a congratulatory tweet from the White House.