Bolsonaro touches down in Brazil after self-imposed exile

Brazil’s ex-president, Jair Bolsonaro, has returned from his self-imposed exile in the United States.

The far-right former leader landed in the capital, Brasilia, on a commercial flight from Florida, where he spent the past three months.

It is the first time Mr Bolsonaro is back in his home country since his supporters stormed government buildings in Brasilia on 8 January.

He faces an investigation into whether he incited the rioters.

While the former president told CNN when he boarded the plane for Brazil that he was not planning on leading the opposition to current president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, many in Brazil are curious to see how much of a following he still has in his home country.
Following the rioting caused by his supporters on 8 January, police have taken precautions for his return, such as cordoning off the main esplanade in the capital. He is also expected to be taken out of the airport by a back exit to prevent crowds gathering the arrivals hall.
Mr Bolsonaro left Brazil on board a Brazilian air force plane on 30 December, just two days before he was due to hand over the presidential sash to his rival, left-winger Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula.

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