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

During his presidential campaign, far-right Jair Bolsonaro said he was considering placing Indigenous affairs under the Ministry of Agriculture, alleging lands should be opened to commercial activities that are now banned.

The president says the South African government is ready to expand on the already fruitful bilateral relations aimed at advancing cooperation in all areas. "As a clear sign of that diplomatic shift, Bolsonaro plans to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with Brazil's traditional support for a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue".

Brazil's new leader Jair Bolsonaro.The former paratrooper has vowed to be tough on crime.

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On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, told reporters that a security delegation had met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and hinted at a bigger Iraqi role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria as the U.S. plans to withdraw from the country. His intestine was pierced when a knife-wielding man stabbed and almost killed him, and today Bolsonaro wears a colostomy bag.

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The increased security came at Bolsonaro's request.

Bolsonaro, meanwhile, has said his education ministry will stop "Marxist trash" being taught in schools and universities - another swipe at the Workers Party, which greatly boosted access to education for the poor and blacks.

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The capital Brasilia was under tight security, with 3,000 police patrolling the event. Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach in a September attack by a knife-wielding lone assailant.

The leaders of those countries, and their ally Nicaragua, were excluded from the guest list to Boslonaro's inauguration, although Bolivia's leftwing President Evo Morales did get invited.

Bolsonaro has already said he will pull his country out of a United Nations global pact on migration, and he is considering whether to keep Brazil in the Paris climate accord.

"We are counting on him to free Brazil from the boot of the criminals. 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.

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"This inauguration is a turning point", said another, 36-year-old teacher Mauro Penna. "We are going to change the destiny of Brazil".

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