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Jair Bolsonaro
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38th President of Brazil
Assumed office
1 January 2019
Vice President Hamilton Mourão
Preceded by Michel Temer
Federal Deputy for Rio de Janeiro
In office
1 February 1991 – 1 January 2019
Alderman of Rio de Janeiro
In office
1 January 1989 – 1 February 1991
Personal details
Born March 21, 1955 (1955-03-21) (age 65)
Glicério, São Paulo, Brazil
Presidential styles of
Jair Messias Bolsonaro
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Reference style His Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Mr. Vice President

Jair Messias Bolsonaro (born March 21, 1955) is a Brazilian politician. He is the 38th and current President of Brazil since 2019. He was a member of the Chamber of Deputies from 1991 until he became president in 2019. He was also a member of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) until he formed his own party, Alliance for Brazil, in November 2019. He is known for his far-right and populist political views.

2018 election

Bolsonaro was the PSL's presidential candidate in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election. He came in first place in the first round of the general election on 7 October 2018, with PT candidate Fernando Haddad coming in second place. The two candidates faced again on 28 October with Bolsonaro winning the election.

Assassination attempt

On September 6, 2018, Bolsonaro was stabbed multiple times while at a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora. Parts of Bolsonaro's liver, lung and intestine were damaged. He was hospitalized under "extremely stable" condition and released almost a month later on September 29.

Controversy

As president, Bolsonaro has downplayed the deadliness of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil. He said that the virus is no more deadly than the common flu. On 7 July 2020, Bolsonaro revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Political views

An ardent anti-communist, Bolsonaro's positions are often viewed as conservative, populist, nationalist, and are commonly associated with far-right politics, he, however, denies those statements, saying he's aligned with traditional moderate right-wing ideals. He has described himself as being a pro-life, pro-gun and anti-establishment politician.

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