Bolsonaro's economic guru urges quick Brazil pension reform

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro grimaces right after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora Brazil Thursday Sept. 6 2018

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro grimaces right after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora Brazil Thursday Sept. 6 2018

The judge at the center of Brazil's sprawling investigation into kickbacks to politicians said Tuesday he would consider joining the Cabinet of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro if invited.

Others said that Bolsonaro and President Donald Trump shared similar positions which would lead to a mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries. "More than ever, the world is counting on Brazil to maintain its environmental leadership", the ministry said in a statement.

Paulo Guedes, whom Bolsonaro selected as a "super minister" with a portfolio combining the current ministries of finance, planning and development, has urged Congress to pass an initial version of pension reform before the january 1 inauguration.

Bolsonaro, 63, said he planned to govern "following the teachings of God, alongside the Brazilian constitution and with good technical advice, without political leanings".

Lula himself was barred from running because he is serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

"In the past, we were leaders on this front and we will once again lead in the short term, most certainly", Bolsonaro said in the video, recorded before his election win on Sunday. We've collected Foreign Policy's best articles on Bolsonaro's victory and where he'll go from here.

Mr. Bolsonaro brings to high office the promise to reduce regulation and tax and boost investor confidence, and also the threat to more extensively exploit Brazil's vast natural resources, including the Amazon rainforest; he has proposed to build a highway through it.

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"His reckless plans to industrialize the Amazon in concert with Brazilian and worldwide agribusiness and mining sectors will bring untold destruction to the planet's largest rainforest and the communities who call it home, and spell disaster for the global climate", stated Amazon Watch program director Christian Poirer shortly after Bolsonaro's victory.

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Not to mention his propensity to praise Brazil's former military dictatorship.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro over phone on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and collaboration on Venezuela.

Rosangela Wolff Moro, a lawyer married to the judge, has repeatedly suggested in her Instagram profile that she supported Bolsonaro against left-leaning Fernando Haddad, who was named the Workers' Party candidate after da Silva was barred by electoral authorities over his imprisonment.

In his first TV interview since being elected, Mr. Bolsonaro also underlined his campaign pledge to loosen gun laws. He will oversee the transition from Rio this week and fly to the capital Brasilia next week, Lorenzoni added.

But Bolsonaro and Trump face fundamentally different backdrops, with the Brazilian leader elected in the wake of economic crisis. He said the Temer government may approve the deal before leaving.

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