Jair Bolsonaro takes office as Brazil's 42nd president. Photo: Marcelo Camargo/ABr

Two months after winning the presidency with 55 percent of the valid votes, it is now time for Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro to take office. His inauguration will be today, January 1st, in Brasília.

The ceremony starts at 2:45 pm (Brazil time) and will be marked by heavy security measures (including restricting access to the press) – as Mr. Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach on September 6 during a campaign rally. There is still no information about whether or not Mr. Bolsonaro will be riding in an open convertible car during the parade leading up to the Congress building.

You can follow the inauguration ceremony live on state TV NBR.

Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration schedule

  • 2:45 pm: Presidential Rolls Royce takes the President- and Vice-President-elect to the Congress building, where they are expected to arrive at 2:50 pm.
  • 3 pm: Congress joint sitting; Jair Bolsonaro takes the oath of office and delivers his first speech as the head of state.
  • 4 pm: National anthem; the president then reviews the troops and salute their colors.
  • 4:15 pm: Jair Bolsonaro and VP Hamilton Mourão head to the Planalto Palace.
  • 4:30 pm: The new president addresses the nation.
  • 5 pm: The new president greets foreign leaders who attended the ceremony.
  • 6:25 pm: The new president then heads to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he and First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro will host a reception.

Follow the live coverage on The Brazilian Report‘s Twitter feed (@BrazilianReport).

Brazilians are not that confident about their new president

According to a Datafolha poll, 65 percent of Brazilian voters expect the next administration to be either good or great. While that rate is 10 points bigger than his score in the runoff stage, it is actually the lowest among presidents elected after the 1988 Constitution.

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In 1990, Fernando Collor took office as the first democratically elected president after a 21-year dictatorship. At the time, 71 percent of Brazilians had faith in a good administration. Mr. Collor was not worthy of such optimism, leading an administration marked by incompetence and corruption. Two years later, he was impeached by Congress.

The three following presidents who took office after winning elections (thus discounting the VPs who replaced their impeached presidents) also inspired more optimism than Mr. Bolsonaro. Fernando Henrique Cardoso started his first term, in 1995, with an optimism rate of 70 percent. Lula, in 2002, enjoyed a 76-percent rate at his inauguration, while his successor, Dilma Rousseff, started off with the optimism rate at 73 percent.

While Mr. Bolsonaro has proved time and time again that he might not be well prepared for the task ahead of him, such a low optimism rate is not only on him. Brazilians have lost faith in the country’s institutions.

That’s what a series of surveys carried out since 2009 by Ibope Inteligência, a polling institute, shows us. Nearly all institutions have lost prestige – not exactly the best scenario before heading into a crucial election.

The next four years will show if Mr. Bolsonaro – a man who has repeatedly undermined democratic values – will be able to turn that around.

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PowerJan 01, 2019

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