Right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Jewish leaders in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Jewish leaders in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday

For the far-right former army captain, the New Year's Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey from a marginalized and even ridiculed congressmen to a leader who many Brazilians hope can combat endemic corruption as well as violence that routinely gives the nation the dubious distinction of being world leader in total homicides.

Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro gestures after receiving the presidential sash from outgoing President Michel Temer at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil January 1, 2019.

His promise to extend immunity to security forces who use lethal force against suspected wrongdoers has also sparked unease in a country where about 5,000 people a year are already killed by police.

The veteran premier was addressing a press conference streamed online from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where he is on an official visit.

"The counter-ISIS (Daesh) campaign continues, our efforts to counter Iranian aggression continue and our commitment to Middle East stability and the protection of Israel continues in the same way it did before that decision was made", he said.

"Mr Bolsonaro told me it was "when, not if" he moves the embassy to Jerusalem", Mr Netanyahu said on Sunday at a meeting with leaders of Brazil's Jewish community in Rio de Janeiro.

"The government machine is really heavy", he said.

Jair Bolsonaro (R) swears in as Brazil's new President.

Mr Netanyahu tweeted upon his arrival in Brasilia to congratulate his "friend" Mr Bolsonaro, who has said he plans to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "There are hundreds of bureaucratic governing bodies across Brazil, of regulators as well".

While his government, which takes over on Wednesday, features a US-trained free market advocate as economy minister, and a star anti-corruption judge as justice minister, almost a third of the 22 ministerial posts are held by ex-military men. Despite being stabbed at a campaign rally in the month of September 2018, Bolsonaro continued to conduct the campaigns from the hospital he was admitted.

He has also expressed nostalgia for the time when Brazil was under military rule and the hard-line policies enforced during the period in which thousands were jailed and tortured.

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

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. "This is a partnership that is meant to happen, and we're going to make it happen very fast".

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