BRASILIA (Xinhua) – Army captain-turned-politician Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as Brazil’s president amid heightened security.
Taking his oath of office at a ceremony held at the National Congress building here, Mr Bolsonaro, 63, a member of the conservative Social Liberal Party, pledged “to maintain, defend and respect the Constitution, abide by the laws, promote the general well-being of the people, sustain the unity, integrity and independence of Brazil.”
The president then swore in his cabinet, which represents the sectors that form the base of his support: the military, evangelical church, agricultural producers and financial market.
Elected in an October runoff with 55 percent of the votes, Mr Bolsonaro campaigned on a platform to fight crime and boost security, increase employment and combat corruption.
In his inaugural speech, Mr Bolsonaro called for unity, and a pact between society and the three different branches of government “to rebuild our country.”
A conservative former military man, Mr Bolsonaro reiterated his campaign pledges to pursue fiscal responsibility and economic growth, and promote Judeo-Christian values.
“We will carry out structural reforms that will be essential for the financial health and sustainability of public accounts. We need to create a virtuous cycle and open our markets to international trade,” said Mr Bolsonaro, as he addressed lawmakers at the National Congress.
“We have a unique opportunity to rebuild our country and revive the hopes of our compatriots,” Mr Bolsonaro added.
He also pledged “to protect and reinvigorate Brazilian democracy,” and seek a society “without discrimination or division.”