Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro moves to appoint son as ambassador to US

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

Jair Bolsonaro, the a ways-factual president of Brazil, has invited his son to change into ambassador to the US.

The president himself said Thursday that such a nomination "is something on my radar", and ticked off a list of his son's qualifications for the post: "My son Eduardo speaks English, he speaks Spanish".

Eduardo is the third child of the president, who has four sons and a daughter from three marriages, and has already advised his father on foreign affairs.

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday (11) that the federal government will change the passport application form to only acknowledge "mother" and "father".

In Brazil, nomination to any ambassador's position is made by the president, but the candidate must be questioned by the Senate and approved by both the Senate and the House. "Eduardo Bolsonaro's nomination for ambassador is unacceptable", tweeted Senate opposition leader Randolfe Rodrigues.

A 2008 Supreme Court decision prohibits Brazilian authorities from nominating close family members to official posts, but the ruling was vague and Bolsonaro's allies argue it doesn't apply in this case.

Eduardo, now an MP, accompanied his father to a private meeting with Trump during a diplomatic visit to Washington in March.

The set of ambassador has been vacant since April.

Mr Bolsonaro became elected closing year after a a success marketing campaign he said had been inspired by Donald Trump.

Because of his numerous trips overseas and considerable influence on the president, Eduardo Bolsonaro had already been considered Brazil's "Parallel Chancellor" for several months.

"If it is a mission given by the president, I would accept", Eduardo Bolsonaro told reporters, adding he was prepared to resign from Congress if the president appoints him.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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