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In his speech, Bolsonaro repeatedly hammered leftwing "ideology" that he said had brought Brazil low.

Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's 38th president on Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous 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.

But there has been no sign of him dropping the bluff, shoot-from-the-lip style that has earned him comparisons with US President Donald Trump, whom he admires.

Trump's decision "in no way changes anything that this administration is working on alongside Israel", Pompeo told reporters Tuesday as he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brasilia, where both men are attending the inauguration of Brazil's new president. His intestine was pierced when a knife-wielding man stabbed and almost killed him, and today Bolsonaro wears a colostomy bag. He has vowed to pull Brazil out of a United Nations global migration pact, and is considering doing the same with the Paris climate accord.

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There are also concerns for Brazil's extensive and diverse environment, with Bolsonaro's pro-business push being made at the expense of preservation - especially in the Amazon, sometimes called "the lungs of the planet" and at risk from increasing deforestation.

Bolsonaro, who has previously said his education minister will stop "Marxist trash" from being taught in schools and universities, vowed his government would "prepare children for the job market, not political militancy". "Today, criminals are freer to go about armed than good people who respect the law", said one, Ze Ivan, a businessman from Brazil's northern state of Para. Bolsonaro's middle name is Messias, or Messiah in English, and many supporters believe he was chosen by God to lead Brazil, an assertion bolstered after Bolsonaro survived a stabbing during a campaign rally in September.

Following a knife attack during the presidential campaign that left Bolsonaro hospitalised for weeks, security was tight for his inauguration.

Leftist Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Miguel Díaz-Canel of Cuba, deemed dictators by Bolsonaro, were uninvited by Bolsonaro's team after the foreign ministry sent them invitations. He also promised to overhaul Brazil's pension system and privatize several state-owned companies, which gave him wide support among financial players.

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