Jair Bolsonaro Fast Facts | CNN


Here’s a look at the life of Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil.

Date of birth: March 21, 1955

Place of birth: Campinas, Brazil

Birth name: Jair Messias Bolsonaro

Father: Percy Geraldo Bolsonaro, dentist

Mother: Guards of Bonturi Bolsonaro

Marriage: Michelle Bolsonaro; Ana Cristina Valle (divorced); Rogeria Bolsonaro (divorced)

Children: with Michelle Bolsonaro: Laura; with Ana Cristina Valle: Jair Renan; with Rogéria Bolsonaro: Flavio, Carlos and Eduardo

Education: Agulhas Negras Military Academy, 1977

Military: Army, Captain

Religion: roman catholic

A conservative provocateur, Bolsonaro has a penchant for making inflammatory statements. His rhetorical targets include women and the LGBTQ community. In 2003, she told a congresswoman that she did not deserve to be raped. During a 2011 interview with Playboy magazine, Bolsonaro said he would be unable to love a gay child. He has expressed a feeling of nostalgia for Brazil’s past as a military dictatorship.

Bolsonaro served seven terms as a deputy in the Chamber of Deputies. While in Congress, his priorities included protecting citizens’ rights to own firearms, promoting Christian values, and cracking down on crime. In 2017, he said, “A cop who doesn’t kill isn’t a cop.”

Bolsonaro changed his party affiliation numerous times, eventually campaigning for president as a member of the Social Liberal Party.

When Bolsonaro took office, Brazil was suffering from a prolonged period of economic malaise and growing insecurity. His rise was preceded by a corruption scandal that shook political and financial institutions. During his inaugural speech, Bolsonaro promised to transform Brazil into a “strong and booming country”.

1986 – Bolsonaro writes an opinion column for Veja magazine that criticizes the salary system of the Brazilian army. Later he is disciplined for insubordination.

1989-1991 – Councilor of Rio de Janeiro.

1991-2018 – Congressman representing Rio de Janeiro in the Chamber of Deputies.

July 22, 2018 – Bolsonaro announces that he is running for president.

August 15, 2018 – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, announces that he has submitted the necessary documentation to register as a candidate of the Workers’ Party to run against Bolsonaro. Lula da Silva is campaigning from prison, where he is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.

September 1, 2018 – Brazil’s main electoral court bars Lula da Silva from running for re-election while in prison. Finally, a former mayor of São Paulo nominated Fernando Haddad as a candidate for the Workers’ Party.

September 6, 2018 – Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally. He spends more than three weeks in the hospital recovering.

October 7, 2018 – Voters cast their ballots in the first round of the election. Although Bolsonaro wins more votes than Haddad, he does not exceed the 50% threshold. A drain is set for the end of the month.

October 28, 2018 – Bolsonaro wins the second round. The final balance shows Bolsonaro with 55.13% and Haddad with 44.87%.

January 1, 2019 – Bolsonaro has taken the oath of office. The same day he issues a series of executive orders. An order could remove many LGBTQ civil rights protections by removing LGBTQ issues from the list of matters handled by the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights. Another order gives the Ministry of Agriculture the authority to designate indigenous lands, paving the way for agricultural development in previously off-limits areas.

January 15, 2019 – He signs an executive order that temporarily removes a regulation that limits the purchase of firearms to only those with a valid gun ownership certificate. The regulation gave the police discretion to approve or deny gun sales.

January 28, 2019 – Authorities say Bolsonaro has undergone successful surgery to remove a colostomy bag he was fitted with after he was stabbed four months ago.

February 28, 2019 – Bolsonaro meets with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó in Brasilia. During a joint press conference, Bolsonaro pledged Brazil’s support to help ensure that “democracy is restored in Venezuela.”

May 3, 2019 – A spokesman for Bolsonaro announces that the president has canceled a trip to New York, where he was to be honored with the Person of the Year award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. The trip was called off amid a political backlash. The event’s original venue, the American Museum of Natural History, was canceled and some corporate sponsors dropped out. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had called Bolsonaro “a dangerous man.”

May 7, 2019 – Bolsonaro signs executive order relaxing gun control restrictions. The executive order makes it easier to import guns and increases the amount of ammunition a person can buy annually.

July 11, 2019 – During a press conference, Bolsonaro says he wants his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, to be ambassador to the United States. He says that Eduardo is a friend of the children of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

August 23, 2019 – Bolsonaro announces plan to send army troops to fight wildfires ripping through the Amazon rainforest.

August 26, 2019 – At the G7 summit in France, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a $20 million emergency fund to help Brazil with the fires. Bolsonaro responds that he cannot accept Macron’s “intentions behind the idea of ​​an ‘alliance’ of the G7 countries to ‘save’ the Amazon, as if we were a colony or no man’s land”. The dispute comes after a Facebook user posted a meme ridiculing the appearance of Macron’s wife on Bolsonaro’s page, with the president joking: “Don’t humiliate the guy… haha.”

September 8, 2019 – Bolsonaro is undergoing a hernia operation to treat complications from previous surgeries performed while recovering from a stabbing.

December 24, 2019 – He tells Band TV that he was hospitalized overnight after falling in the presidential palace on December 23. He says he had a brief memory loss, but has since recovered.

April 19, 2020 – Bolsonaro joins a rally in the country’s capital, where protesters called for an end to coronavirus quarantine measures and some called for military intervention to shut down Congress and the Supreme Court. He later defended his participation, saying he was not calling for military action against the other branches of the country’s government.

June 23, 2020 – A federal judge in Brasilia orders Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public or face a fine. The decision extends to all government employees of the Federal District, where the capital Brasília is located.

July 7, 2020 – Bolsonaro announces that he has tested positive for Covid-19, after months of minimizing the virus.

March 16, 2021 – A Brazilian court orders Bolsonaro to pay damages to a journalist after she made statements that questioned her credibility.

April 27, 2021 – The Brazilian Senate launches an investigation on Tuesday into the federal government’s response to Covid-19.

July 14, 2021 – Bolsonaro is hospitalized to investigate the cause of persistent hiccups that lead to abdominal pains, according to Brazil’s Special Secretariat for Social Communication.

December 3, 2021 – Brazil’s Supreme Court orders an investigation into Bolsonaro’s false claim that people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 may be at greater risk of contracting AIDS. The investigation was launched in response to a request from the country’s parliamentary commission that has been investigating the Bolsonaro government’s response to the pandemic.

January 3, 2022 – Bolsonaro is hospitalized with a blockage in his bowel, the latest medical problem related to his 2018 stabbing.

June 29, 2022 – A Brazilian court rules that Bolsonaro must pay “moral damages” of 35,000 reais (roughly $6,700) to a Brazilian journalist after he made sexually suggestive comments about her in 2020.

October 2, 2022 – In the presidential elections, Bolsonaro finished with 43.2% compared to Da Silva’s 48.4%. Either candidate needed to get over 50% to be elected in the first round, so the two will face off in a runoff on October 30.

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