Bolsonaro says Brazil 'liberated from Socialism' at inaugural ceremony

Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro poses with the pen used during the swearing-in ceremony for the ministers at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

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He arrived Friday to hold talks with Brazil's far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who is to be sworn-in in a ceremony in Brasilia on Tuesday, with Netanyahu among the foreign dignitaries attending.

Jair Bolsonaro takes office after a comfortable election victory and with the broad support of three quarters of the population.

Bolsonaro was elected president at the end of October, defeating his rival Fernando Haddad of the centre-left Workers' Party by a comfortable margin in the second-round runoff.

But there has been no sign of him dropping the bluff, shoot-from-the-lip style that has earned him comparisons with US President Donald Trump, whom he admires.

For example, he has threatened to pull out of the Paris climate accords, and said he will relocate Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Arab countries viewed Israel as an "indispensable ally" fighting Iran and the Islamic State group.

Netanyahu, seated alongside Pompeo, said the two would discuss "the intense cooperation between Israel and the United States which will also deal with the questions following the American decision on Syria".

There are also concerns for Brazil's extensive and diverse environment, with Bolsonaro's pro-business push being made at the expense of preservation - especially in the Amazon, sometimes called "the lungs of the planet" and at risk from increasing deforestation.

Mr Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil.

The New Year's Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey for the former army captain from a marginalised and even ridiculed congressman, to a leader who many Brazilians hope can combat endemic corruption as well as violence that routinely gives the nation the dubious distinction of being world leader in total homicides.

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Brazilian businesses are eager to see Bolsonaro take office and install a team of orthodox economists led by investment banker Paulo Guedes, who has promised quick action in bringing Brazil's unsustainable budget deficit under control.

Pension reform will be Bolsonaro's biggest challenge since he has yet to build a base in Congress, where he has eschewed the political horse-trading that has traditionally helped Brazilian presidents govern the nation of almost 210 million people. "Myth! Myth!"- a nickname that began years ago with internet memes of Mr Bolsonaro and became more common during last year's campaign.

"We are counting on him to free Brazil from the boot of the criminals".

After the meeting, Graham tweeted that Trump will make sure any withdrawal from Syria will be done in a way to ensure that Islamic State is permanently destroyed, that Iran doesn't "fill in" areas where the USA evacuates, and that America's Kurdish allies are protected. "We are going to change the destiny of Brazil".

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