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Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, takes office

2019-01-02

• Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took office on January 1, 2019 and used his inaugural speech to promise to build a "society without discrimination or division".

• The former army captain told Congress he wanted a "national pact" to free Brazil of corruption, crime and economic mismanagement.

• The 63-year-old Bolsonaro is seen as a deeply divisive figure whose racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks have angered many.

• He won the presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers' Party on October 28.



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