Brazil's far-right president sends army into city to fight crime

Brazil's far-right president sends army into city to fight crime

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was sworn in earlier in January, expressed concern about the recent drills carried out by Russian combat planes in Venezuela.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro expressed doubts on Friday over the merger between Brazilian aviation company Embraer and US company Boeing, which has been in talks since a year ago, Xinhua reports.

With this decision, one that raised a huge storm in Brazil and sparked fears of environmental catastrophe, Bolsonaro also included an executive order that allows the Office of Secretary of State military General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Kruz to coordinate and monitor the activities and actions of global organizations and non-governmental organizations in the national territory.

Bolsonaro, who took power on Tuesday, said that Russia's support of President Nicolas Maduro's "dictatorship" in neighbouring Venezuela had significantly ramped up tensions in the region and was a worrying development.

On Friday, asked by journalists in Brasilia about his openness to hosting a USA base, Bolsonaro said: "I have the American people as a friend".

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Bolsonaro also did not rule out that his country might sign military cooperation deals with the United States. During part of the war, the Brazilian costal town had one of was the busiest airports in the world.

Bolsonaro's economic team has promised to liberalize Brazil's hidebound economy, rid the country of "socialism", and enact conservative social measures in areas like education.

"We have a long cooperation, especially with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)". Notably, populist sentiments voiced by the right-wing Brazilian president have been compared to statements of US President Donald Trump, which prompted media to call Bolsonaro the "Trump of the Tropics". Ji Bingxuan is the vice-president of the National Popular Assembly Committee and attended Bolsonaro's inauguration ceremony two years ago.

In an apparent reference to gun control, he said: "Good citizens deserve the means to defend themselves".

Much of that task falls to Brazilian Minister of Justice Sergio Moro, a former star judge who headed up Operation Car Wash, an investigation into Brazil's biggest-ever corruption scandal. Last year, almost 64,000 were killed, many from firearms. About in foreign policy.

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