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A photo of Brazil’s president and his wife riding in a stylish open limousine surrounded by secret service officers for his swearing-in ceremony

Opinion: How Brazil’s new man got there

Jair Bolsonaro, a retired Army captain and outspoken conservative, clinched the top job in Latin America’s biggest nation by targeting the electorate’s justifiable fears, his opponents’ weaknesses and Brazil’s real need for economic reforms. The new cabinet puts academics, political luminaries and former military officers in key positions. President Bolsonaro is facing formidable challenges, but his program has more merit than his many critics are willing to admit.

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