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Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil

Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil

He also stirred controversy after he announced his intention to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after he won the election.

After he met the Israeli leader, Bolsonaro said: "We need good allies, good friends, good brothers, like Benjamin Netanyahu". A poll by the Datafolha survey firm found 61 percent of Brazilians against Bolsonaro's decree. The former army captain is taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation promising to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing.

In his inauguration speech before Brazil's Congress, Bolsonaro called for "a true national pact" to restore his country's lackluster economy, "without ideological bias".

"I made a lot of money and saved money to buy the ticket, to be able to buy the plane ticket because it's a long way to come by vehicle but we managed to make it all the way to be here on this day for President Bolsonaro's inauguration".

That worries many, who fear it could aggravate Brazil's rampant violence.

Crowds appeared to be much smaller than the number of people the incoming administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro was expecting for his inauguration.

But the new leader's supporters, more than 250,000 of whom were expected in Brasilia on Tuesday, expressed full-throated backing for Bolsonaro.

Ahead of the ceremony, Bolsonaro and his wife, Michelle, traveled through the city by motorcade standing in an open-top Rolls-Royce surrounded by onlookers. No official estimates are immediately available. Access to government buildings was limited and items confiscated. But Bolsonaro backtracked and revoked a pledge to quit the Paris climate accord, which Mr. Trump withdrew the USA from in 2017.

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Netanyahu was presented with a commemorative postal stamp issued by the Brazilian state of Amazonas in celebration of the modern State of Israel's 70th anniversary.

Supporters wore shirts featuring the new president's face and waved Brazilian flags.

In Rio de Janeiro, Gov. Wilson Witzel reiterated campaign promises to crack down on crime, one of the state's biggest problems.

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, promised to work closely with Donald Trump "under God's protection" to bring prosperity to both countries as he was sworn in last night.

The second round of presidential election was held in Brazil on October 28.

Though Bolsonaro promised after the election to be a leader to all of Brazil's 200 million people, on the eve of the inauguration, he tweeted a vow to rid Brazilian schools of "Marxist trash", slipping back into the divisive rhetoric that got him elected.

Security was ramped up for the inauguration, with some 3,000 police patrolling the event. Military tanks, fighter jets and even anti-aircraft missiles also were deployed.