Jan 1, 2019

Jair Bolsonaro is sworn in as Brazil's president

Bonasaro waving in a parade ahead of inauguration

Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president on Tuesday after a controversial, polarizing campaign to radically change the center-left path taken by Latin America's biggest country over the last 15 years.

The state of play: Bolsonaro, a provocative, far-right populist, has pledged to purge the country of corruption and crack down on crime — even if that means ignoring democratic norms. Brazil's once-promising economy, which averaged 4% GDP growth between 2004 and 2013, has been crippled by recession and corruption scandals at the highest levels of government.

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