Netanyahu says Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem

New year new president – Brazil’s Bolsonaro acknowledges the crowd during his inauguration while first lady Michelle and vice president Hamilton Mourao and wife Paula look

New year new president – Brazil’s Bolsonaro acknowledges the crowd during his inauguration while first lady Michelle and vice president Hamilton Mourao and wife Paula look

Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro keen to turn country into bastion of conservatism in Latin America.

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 hinted that he would try to loosen gun laws, saying, saying "A good citizen deserves methods of defending himself".

Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington-based think tank, said a central challenge for Bolsonaro will be curbing spending and entitlements, no easy task given the makeup of Congress and entrenched interests.

Netanyahu said Bolsonaro told him that it's a matter of "when, not if" he will move the embassy.

Thousands of people filled the Praca dos tres Poderes for Bolsonaro's first speech to the public.

Crowds of supporters, many with the Brazilian flag draped around their shoulders and with faces painted yellow and green, the national colors, gathered before the Planalto palace, where Brazil's new leader was presented with the presidential sash.

Asked at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro whether he would bow out of the election race should that happen, Netanyahu said: "I don't intend to resign". The leftist Workers' Party, which dominated Brazilian politics from 2003 to 2016, boycotted the ceremony.

Election participation is compulsory in Brazil. Journalists were made to arrive at locations seven hours before festivities began, and many complained on Twitter of officials confiscating food they had brought for the wait.




Kranjc said that she and other activists began planning the protests as soon as they learned of Bolsonaro's plans for the Amazon, which she said "would spell disaster for the globe".

In foreign policy, Bolsonaro has signalled he plans major changes.

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.

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

Also inaugurated in the event before Brazil's congress in the capital, Brasilia, was Bolsonaro's vice president, retired general Hamilton Mourao.

He was propelled to victory by his campaign promises to curb Brazil's rampant corruption and crime.

As a fringe politician with few alliances, Bolsonaro was one of the few to emerge unscathed from the scandals.

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