Ramaphosa wishes Brazil's new president well

03 January, 2019, 00:24 | Author: Angel Logan
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Speaking in an address to the nation on Tuesday, Bolsonaro said, now that he had taken power, his country had been "liberated from socialism and political correctness".

Bolsonaro also said his education minister will stop "Marxist trash" being taught in schools and universities - a swipe at Workers Party ideology.

Former congressman Bolsonaro, whose views were once considered to be at the fringe of mainstream politics, has promised to end policies that protect criminals. "Today, criminals are freer to go about armed than good people who respect the law", said one, Ze Ivan, a businessman from Brazil's northern state of Para.

In his inauguration speech before Brazil's Congress, Bolsonaro called for "a true national pact between society and the executive, legislative and judicial powers" to restore the lackluster economy - "without ideological bias".

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro walk to meet Brazil's outgoing President Michel Temer and his wife Marcela Temer, during Bolsonaro's inauguration.

In addition, the prime minister also held a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who informed Netanyahu that Hungary is now promoting a new program regarding the country's Holocaust Museum. Leftist president such as Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba - who Bolsonaro has deemed dictators - were not invited.

As thousands of supporters, many with the Brazilian flag draped around their shoulders, chanted "the captain has arrived!", Bolsonaro launched into a fiery speech.

They were surrounded by dozens of guards on horses and plain-clothes bodyguards who ran beside the auto.

The precautions were more stringent than in years past, in part because Bolsonaro survived a stabbing attack by a mentally unstable man when he was campaigning for the presidency in September.

Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has stripped the government department charged with protecting the country's Indigenous people of much of its responsibilities, which distressed critics say could lead to the destruction of dozens of tribes. 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.

An Indigenous man aims to deliver a letter to Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro at a transitional government building in Brasilia on December 6.

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