SAO PAULO | Brazil’s Bolsonaro assumes office amid big hopes and fears

1Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

SAO PAULO — Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil‘s president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America’s largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing.

For the far-right former army captain, the New Year’s Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey from a marginalized and even ridiculed congressmen to a leader who many Brazilians hope can combat endemic corruption as well as violence that routinely gives the nation the dubious distinction of being world leader in total homicides.

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