Brazil’s new president has sworn to keep the democracy in his country and urged unity. His inaugural speech was full of traditional promises. as BBC understood, Mr Bolsonaro who openly admires Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship promised in his first remarks as a national leader to adhere to democratic norms after his tirades against the media and political rivalries had stirred unease.
Brazil’s new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has reminded in an inaugural about the needs to build a new society without “discrimination or division”. Prior to becoming president, the 63-year-old national leader is seen as a deeply divisive figure whose racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks have angered many and Latin American journalists tagged him as Trump of the Tropics.
US President commended him for his speech on Tuesday, saying the US was “with” Bolsonaro.
“This is the beginning of Brazil’s liberation from socialism, political correctness and a bloated state,” Bolsonaro said in an inaugural address to the nation. He added it is time for freeing Brazil of corruption, crime and economic mismanagement, and told Congress he wanted a “national pact” on these issues to be solved.
In a swipe at the left, new Brazilian leader vowed to free country of “ideology” but didn’t provide with the details of that plan.
Who is Jair Bolsonaro, Trump of the Tropics?
On October, 28, Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party on 28 October. Previously, the current national leader has been charged with inciting hatred by Brazil’s attorney general, said he “would be incapable of loving a gay son”, and once told a congresswoman: “I wouldn’t rape you because you’re not worthy of it.”
But Trump of the Tropics rode a wave of anti-establishment anger to gain 55% of the votes in October’s election, promising to crack down on corruption and violent crime, the most vulnerable aspects in Brazilian society’s life.