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Life is a beach for Brazil's Bolsonaro as the Spaceman joins his team



RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who nearly died of a stab wound during a campaign last month, put on a bulletproof vest on Wednesday and headed to the beach in Rio de Janeiro for a ceremony to attend acrobatic air show in his honor.

Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian president, waves to the supporters as he watches planes approaching his condominium in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 31

, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Landau

Bolsonaro won the presidential race on Sunday, easily overcoming his leftist opponent with the vow to kneel violent drug gangs and end political graft for years.

He and his advisors have begun drafting the occupation of his administration and have identified key priorities, including a rapid pension reform that has encountered resistance in Congress. On Wednesday, the former army captain on Twitter said Marcos Pontes, a Brazilian astronaut who was the country's first person in space, would be his minister of science and technology.

Under heavy police protection Bolsonaro left his house on the beach to watch the air show, which was conducted by a local aviation club in Rio's elegant Barra da Tijuca district.

Snipers stood up on a lifeguard's kiosk while plainclothes policemen dragged around in the crowd.

On Thursday, Bolsonaro will meet with anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, who ran the so-called "Car Wash" probe, which was snarling big names in the Brazilian political class and opening the door to Bolsonaro's hardened corruption campaign.

Bolsonaro has previously said he wants Moro to serve as Minister of Justice and eventually join the Supreme Court. The court's next available seat is expected in 2020.

A columnist for Estado de S. Paulo reported Wednesday on the newspaper's website that Moro would accept an offer from Bolsonaro to cite a source quoted by the Justice Department with extended powers over corruption and public security without operating.

Moro, who oversaw transplant investigations and culminated in 12-year bribery and money laundering for leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was cautious in public statements.

"If I have actually offered a post, it will be subject to balanced discussion and reflection," Moro said in a statement.

Bolsonaro pledged not to hire anyone corrupt of corruption allegations.

"Our ministries, as in previous governments, are not punished by people convicted of corruption," he wrote on Twitter. "I will officially announce the names in my social networks. All information from everywhere is base speculation and not credible.

Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing and Additional Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter, Editors of Rosalba O & Brien

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