Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro – dubbed “Trump of the Tropics” – has been sworn in as president of Brazil.
The former army captain – whose rise to prominence has been marked by divisive rhetoric and derogatory remarks about women, gay people and ethnic minorities – was inaugurated in the capital Brasilia on New Year’s Day.
He has promised a crackdown on corruption, drugs and violent crime, as well as close alignment with the US and business-friendly economic policies.
US President Donald Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the ceremony on Tuesday, which was also attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The 63-year-old was greeted by crowds of supporters draped in Brazilian flags as he made his way to the presidential palace in an open-top Rolls-Royce, waving to the crowds alongside wife Michelle.
He received huge backing during the election campaign last year from conservative sectors of Brazil, including Christian evangelical churches, despite a string of controversial comments over the years.