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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.

There had been much speculation about how many people would turn out to greet the former leader after his 89-day absence.

Following the rioting caused by his supporters on 8 January, police have taken precautions, 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.

But Brazilian news site O Globo said that when his plane touched down at 06:37 local time (09:37 GMT) there were more police officers in attendance at the airport than supporters.

He is now expected to make his way to the headquarters of his Liberal Party, where he will meet his wife Michelle and party leaders.

The Liberal Party leader has said that he is keen for Mr Bolsonaro to campaign on behalf of the party ahead of local elections next year but Mr Bolsonaro told CNN before leaving Florida that he would not lead the opposition to the current president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.


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