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Bolsonaro's 100 Days in Office: Neoliberal Reforms While Befriending Netanyahu and Trump

  • President Jair Bolsonaro at a municipalities conference in Brasilia, Brazil, April 9, 2019.

    President Jair Bolsonaro at a municipalities conference in Brasilia, Brazil, April 9, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 10 April 2019

The presidency of the former captain, who said he was not born to be president, is rated as one of the worst since 1990.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro celebrates Wednesday his first 100 days in office without any sign of a solution to the serious economic crisis is at sight.

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"I live in house arrest without electronic anklet" was the phrase used by Jair Bolsonaro to define his everyday life and political isolation in the first 100 days of his presidency, as reported by Jornal do Brasil.

According to a survey carried out by a local media UOL, former Captain Bolsonaro barely fulfilled 13 of 35 goals he offered during his presidential campaign. Among those that failed to be met are the anti-corruption goals, one of the issues that were at the center of his candidacy. 

Here is a look at some of Bolsonaro's neoliberal and conservative policies during his first 100 days in office. 


Bolsonaro's Justice Minister presented three projects to combat crime, none of which has been approved by the Brazilian Legislature. However, President Bolsonaro issued on Feb.15 a decree which makes it easier for citizens to carry arms in public.

Up until now, however, the Bolsonaro administration has not solved the murder of Marielle Franco, an Afro-Brazilian lesbian, a feminist, and a socialist councilwoman, who was critical of police violence.

"100 days of a government with nothing to show. Bolsonaro spoke much nonsense, inspired international outrage, extolled the dictatorship's crimes but did not present concrete proposals to solve the country's problems." The photo reads 100 days without a government, without direction, without a project, without anything.

Human rights

Bolsonaro did not change his "inflexible, misogynistic, homophobic and racist style," said Juraima Almeida, a Latin American Center for Strategic analyst, as reported by Kaosenlared. 

During his presidency, among other things, Bolsonaro expelled Cuban doctors who provided health care to the poorest groups, threatened to eliminate education and health services for rural inhabitants and proposed establishing business partnerships in Indigenous territories.

Social security

President Bolsonaro has sought to privatize the Brazilian Social Security, a measure which most likely will benefit big financial companies that showed interest in what has been the country's largest income distribution program.

The Brazilian president wants to implement a Chilean-style capitalization model, in which the largest share of the social security monthly funds will be financed by Brazilian workers, the majority of whom will receive the minimum wage.

International economy

Bolsonaro resumed negotiations of free trade agreements with the European Union, South Korea, Canada and the European Free Trade Association.

He also supported the Brazil-United States CEO Forum and managed to get the U.S. and Israel to accept Brazil's request for accessing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Meanwhile, under Bolsonaro's presidency, Brazilian gross domestic product growth rate has fallen from 2.53 percent in January to 1.97 percent in April, as Valor reported.  

Citizen approval

During his first 100 days in office, Bolsonaro failed to sustain or increase his political capital, which deteriorated rapidly, as local media Valor commented.

Bolsonaro's positive evaluation fell 15 percentage points from 49 percent in January to 34 percent in March, according to the Ibope survey.

Another survey, carried out by Datafolha in April, confirmed that he has the worst first-quarter evaluation since the presidency of Fernando Collor (1990-1992).

Global assessment 

"After a year in prison, Lula is the best president in history for a 48 percent, followed by 'nobody else.'" This was the title used by Brasil 247 on its front web page on April 10.

This Brazilian media published data from a Vox Pupuli-CUT research, in which "the moral leadership and affection of public opinion have not changed" towards former leftist President Lula da Silva

"Lula's credentials are eight years in which he left with more than 80 percent of approval and Bolsonaro's are 30 years of an unproductive life at the lower House, where he collected deplorable scenes and set fire to conflicts," Brazil 247 recalled.

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