'US will continue to work with Israel over Iran'

Posted January 02, 2019

Photo provided by Agencia Estado shows Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (C-L) and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro arriving at Brazil's National Congress prior to his inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, on January 1, 2019. He vowed to free Brazil of "ideology" in what was viewed as a swipe at the left, BBC News reports.

Bolsonaro was elected the next president of Brazil after winning a run-off vote by a comfortable margin over a leftist rival on October 28.

Brazil entered a new chapter in its history on Tuesday, January 1, embracing a far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, whose determination to break with decades of centrist rule has raised both hopes and fears.

The agreement came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and US Secretary Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the inauguration of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia.

Asked at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro whether he would bow out of the election race should that happen, Netanyahu said: "I don't intend to resign".

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Bolsonaro is a former army captain with hard-right positions and he has often expressed admiration for Trump and says he plans to emulate several of the US leader's policies.

Bolsonaro rose to power as he promised to eradicate the corruption and crime in the country during the election campaign.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place inside the chamber of the national Congress.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would not change Washington's commitments to the Jewish state.

Brazilian businesses are eager to see Bolsonaro take office and install a team of orthodox economists led by investment banker Paulo Guedes, who has promised quick action in bringing Brazil's unsustainable budget deficit under control.

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Bolsonaro may find that lax protection of the environment and human rights could have negative economic effects, more so than those faced by other far-right leaders, given the spotlight on Brazil's Amazon jungle as protection against global warming and because the country has more murders than any other nation. Now Brazilians get their chance with Mr Bolsonaro.

"We are counting on Congress to provide the judicial support so police can do their jobs", Bolsonaro said, signaling that he may soon submit legislation that would allow police to be tried outside the criminal system.

Among them was Lorena Abdaba, 32, a professor who travelled three hours by bus from her native state of Espirito Santo to attend the inauguration.

According to a senior diplomatic official, Netanyahu asked US President Donald Trump in a recent phone call to ensure that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria will be done gradually and over an extended period of time.

Trump's critics, including some in his own party, have argued that the pullout of the 2,000 USA troops in Syria harms US interests, cedes influence to Russian Federation and Iran, and endangers Israel.

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