Brazil's Bolsonaro Takes the Oath of Office as President


Also like Trump, the brash Bolsonaro has ruffled feathers both at home and overseas with his unequivocal support for Israel and his promise to move Brazil's embassy to Jerusalem.

A senior official from Brazil's next government, however, told Reuters that the country has not decided whether to move the embassy.

A far-right populist who has been called the Donald Trump of Brazil has been sworn in as President of Latin America's most populous country.

If Bolsonaro were to move the embassy to Jerusalem, it would come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: "No choice" on continuing government shutdown Syrian troop withdraw will take four months: report Kim Jong Un: North Korea may "seek a new path" if United States doesn't negotiate MORE did the same for the U.S. Embassy earlier this year. Incoming President Jair Bolsonaro said last month that he intends to move the embassy, prompting threats by Arab states to boycott Brazilian goods. He moved the embassy.

Once inside Congress, Bolsonaro and his vice president, retired Gen. Hamilton Mourao, took the oath of office. "This heralds a historic change", he added.

Neither man raised the embassy issue when they spoke to journalists shortly afterward, however.

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Netanyahu explained, "Mr. Bolsonaro said, 'I will move the embassy to Jerusalem".

Instead Netanyahu said he had extended an invitation to Bolsonaro to visit Israel, which was accepted.

Notable foreign leaders attending the inauguration include Hungary's hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Israel's hawkish premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who has hailed a budding "brotherhood" with Brazil's new leader. Nor did they post anything on it on their Twitter accounts, despite Bolsonaro in particular being a fervent social media user.

"More than partners, we will be brothers in the future, in economy, technology, all that can bring benefit to our two countries", Bolsonaro said.

The Tuesday inauguration of Bolsonaro was attended by a number of foreign delegations, including representatives of Russian Federation.