Brazil new President vows to ‘strengthen democracy’

Vastavam web: Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president on Tuesday, and immediately called on Congress to combat endemic corruption and promised to “work tirelessly so that Brazil reaches its destiny.” Addressing a joint session of Congress minutes after taking the oath of office, Bolsonaro, a former Army captain and admirer of the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, vowed to adhere to democratic norms.

He said his government would be guided by the promises he made to Brazilian voters fed up with graft, high levels of violent crime and a still-sputtering economy. On the economic front, the new leader promised to “create a new virtuous cycle to open markets” and “carry out important structural reforms” to shore up a yawning public deficit. Bolsonaro, 63, was a seven-term fringe congressman who rode a wave of anti-establishment anger to became Brazil’s first far-right president since a military dictatorship gave way to civilian rule three decades ago.