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Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro declared a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he took office today for a four-year term at the helm of Latin America's biggest nation.

The president says the South African government is ready to expand on the already fruitful bilateral relations aimed at advancing cooperation in all areas.

Bolsonaro has pledged to follow the USA and move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The 63-year-old former paratrooper and veteran lawmaker received swift congratulations via Twitter from US President Donald Trump, with whom he shares a similar, brash style and outlook.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain turned legislator who openly admires Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, promised in his first remarks as president to adhere to democratic norms, after his tirades against the media and political opponents had stirred unease.

Tens of thousands of people attended Bolsonaro's inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, which was held under tight security that included warplane patrols, anti-drone technology and multiple crowd barriers.

His middle name is Messias, or Messiah in English, and many supporters believe he was chosen by God to lead Brazil, an assertion bolstered after he survived a stabbing during a campaign rally in September.

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Bolsonaro supporters hope their man will do better.

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

The leaders of those countries, and their ally Nicaragua, were excluded from the guest list to Boslonaro's inauguration, although Bolivia's leftwing President Evo Morales did get invited.

Israel got "almost everything it asked for" when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo granted "seven out of eight" requests made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Brasília on Tuesday, according to a senior source in Jerusalem.

Bolsonaro has already said he will pull his country out of a United Nations global pact on migration, and he is considering whether to keep Brazil in the Paris climate accord. He has called for police to be shielded from prosecution for shooting criminals, and forgun laws to be eased for "good citizens" to counter armed criminals.

Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported the decision was announced just hours after the new President was sworn in as the country's leader on Tuesday (local time), and confirmed a pre-election pledge to roll back Indigenous rights and protections for the Amazon.

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