Jair Bolsonaro Fast Facts: 7 Facts You Need to Know about the Brazilian President
President Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as the 54th President of Brazil on January 1st, 2018. In his first 100 days as president, Bolsonaro will have made his mark on Brazil’s economy, politics and society. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at his achievements in these three areas as he goes into his second year in office.
Jair Bolsonaro’s Career and Political Experience
Born in 1969, Jair Bolsonaro is the son of the outgoing Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio “LJ” da Silva. When he was a teenager, Jair became an active member of the rightwing Jairismo movement. Although he held a number of positions, he never became the leader of Brazil’s rightwing party, a position held by two-time presidential candidate Lula da Silva.
However, in 2016, Jair Bolsonaro entered public politics when he ran as a candidate for the Jair de Moro’s Social Liberal Party, a member of the Brazilian Labour Party (PT). The result was a victory at the party’s Central Committee election and he received 17.6% of the vote. Jair Bolsonaro is known for his sharp, combative speeches, which earned him comparisons to Donald Trump in the U.S., and in 2018, he became Brazil’s youngest leader ever when he became President of the country at the age of forty-five.
Jair Bolsonaro’s Career in International Affairs
Before becoming Brazil’s President, Bolsonaro was a professor at a university, though it is not clear how long he has been a professor there. While he may have been a professor, he did not have any academic publications. Instead, his focus has been on the foreign policy and the economy.
In his first public speech as president, he announced that his first priority was to renegotiate Brazil’s current free-trade agreement with the US, the so-called “Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our