Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection, telling reporters after the signing of a U.S.-Brazil investment agreement that he hopes to attend Trump’s second inauguration, according to local reports.
“I most certainly hope that, God willing, I will attend the inauguration of the president, who will soon be reelected in the United States,” Bolsonaro said, according to a staff translation of his statement from Portuguese, as cited by Diario de Pernambuco, a Brazilian news outlet.
Bolsonaro added that he “doesn’t need to hide” his support for Trump, which he said came “from the heart.”
The Brazilian president has often lauded Trump, calling him a political role model and drawing parallels between their conservative agendas. In July, Bolsonaro similarly said he hoped Trump wins his bid for reelection.
His remarks came after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President Kimberly Reed and Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at an event in Brasilia, the capital. Under the deal, the sides agreed to explore ways to use up to $1 billion in EXIM financing in areas like telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing, the U.S. Embassy in Brazil said in a statement.
The event was attended by national security adviser Robert O’Brien, who was cited by Politico as saying, “I don’t think we’ve ever had a better relationship with Brazil than we have today.”
Tuesday’s memorandum of understanding follows a new mini trade deal between the two countries announced Monday. Called the U.S.-Brazil Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency, it seeks to reduce border bureaucracy, facilitate trade, and enhance anti-corruption measures.
“This protocol is an important step in creating a solid base for open trade between the U.S. and Brazil,” said U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Todd Chapman in a statement. “As the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere, we are creating an environment for our businesses to thrive and recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic that has hit our countries,” he added.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that as the United States and Brazil reinforce their business partnership, they need to reduce their dependence on imports from China for their own security.
At a virtual summit on increased U.S.-Brazil cooperation aimed at post-pandemic recovery, Pompeo underscored the importance of expanding bilateral economic ties, given what he called “enormous risk” stemming from China’s significant participation in their economies.
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Dozens killed in suspected jihadist attack in Niger
Dozens of people were killed in an attack in Niger on Saturday, in a suspected jihadist attack.
The attack took place around 12:00 CET in the Tchomo-Bangou village in Tillabéri, a western region bordering Mali.
“The assailants surrounded the village and killed up to 50 people,” a local radio journalist said anonymously. “The wounded have been evacuated to the hospital in Ouallam.”
It came on the day provisional results for the first round of the presidential election, held on December 27, were released.
Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) and a former interior minister, is in the lead with 39.3 per cent of the votes. Bazoum has vowed to strengthen the country’s fight against Islamist groups.
The second round of the election is to be held on February 21.
Niger has been a target for jihadist attacks for years, particularly in the western and southeastern parts of the country.
On December 21, six days before the presidential poll, seven soldiers were killed in Tillabéri. In May 2020, twenty people, including children, were also killed in two of the region’s villages.
Niger votes in presidential and legislative elections
People in Niger began voting in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Mohamed Bazoum, the right-hand man of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is the favourite to win.
The sixty-year-old former interior minister is aiming for outright victory in the first round — something that no candidate has done before.
He’s focussing on security and education.
Over 7 million people are eligible to vote. But some voters, like Gambina Moumouni, simply want a president they can trust.
“We pray to Allah to choose us the president who has the most mercy for the people, a president who will not betray the country and who will not betray the trust of the people, that is our wish. It is also our wish that Allah may help to make the poor, the peasants, the (cattle) breeders happy.
Thirty candidates are standing including two former presidents and two former prime ministers, but according to seasoned observers in the region, the poll is arousing little enthusiasm among the population.
Niger is the world’s poorest according to the UN’s Human Development Index and also one of those hardest hit by climate change.
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