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Bolsonaro's economic guru urges quick Brazil pension reform

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Despite six straight months of decline, there are still 12.5 million people seeking work in Brazil, which is coming off the worst recession in its history in 2015-2016 and still struggling with a weak economy.

The goal is to reduce by half some 29 ministries by combining others, such as Agriculture and Environment, said Deputy Onyx Lorenzoni, who may become Bolsonaro's next chief of staff.

In addition to the president-elect downplaying Brazil's past military rule, observers worry Brazil is taking another authoritarian turn: More incoming legislators will be former military officers or former federal police than at any point since the end of military rule. "Whoever says they know what Bolsonaro is going to do in terms of policy making is lying".

Bolsonaro, who has expressed admiration for dictators including Chile's Augusto Pinochet, claimed many Brazilians now believed Brazil's military regime "wasn't a dictatorship as the left has always preached".

Brazil's election of the fringe, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro means business as usual for German companies. They say it's because they're more afraid of his opposition.

With Bolsonaro like Trump holding the global body in low esteem, it is unlikely he will prioritize the Security Council, Velasco said.

Soon after, Chinese President Xi Jingping's administration sent Bolsonaro a letter saying the tour caused "possible turbulence in the strategic partnership between Brazil and China".

Bolsonaro, who will be sworn in on January 1, defeated former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad in a runoff election held Sunday.

Pompeo congratulated Bolsonaro on his win and "reinforced the vibrant partnership between the United States and Brazil based on our mutual commitment to promote security, democracy, economic prosperity, and human rights", said a statement issued by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

"I hope he will change Brazil and give us security, education and health", Andre Barbosa, a gay accountant from Rio De Janeiro said.

"Mr. Xi could decide not to come if he doesn't feel welcome", Tang said. In interviews with TV stations and on social media, Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former Army captain who won 55 percent of Sunday's vote after running on a law-and-order platform, made clear he would push through his conservative agenda. Major Olimpio, a lawmaker from Bolsonaro's own party who helped run his campaign, agreed the political climate was not ready for reform. Tens of thousands have crossed into Brazil on its northern border.

"In the case of recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, for example, it would be throwing away $6 billion per year in poultry sales to Arab countries", Barbosa said, noting that Brazil is one of the world's largest poultry and beef exporters.

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