Brazil’s former international minister to move embassy in Canada


Carlos França, who served as Jair Bolsonaro’s international minister and attended a putschist assembly on the presidential residence in 2022, has obtained the diplomatic agrément to change into Brazil’s subsequent ambassador to Canada.

In a press assertion launched Thursday, the International Affairs Ministry mentioned this will probably be Mr. França’s first time as head of a international mission.

A profession diplomat, Ambassador França took over as international minister in March 2021 after his predecessor Ernesto Araújo, a far-right conspiracy theorist, picked a public struggle with China, Brazil’s largest buying and selling accomplice.

In October 2020, Mr. Araújo mentioned it will be “good” for Brazil to change into a world “pariah” slightly than being a visitor on the “feast of the self-serving cynicism of the globalists.” 

Mr. França, together with different colleagues similar to former Setting Minister Joaquim Leite and former Training Minister Milton Ribeiro, was a part of a second wave of Jair Bolsonaro cupboard ministers who have been much less vocal on social media about cultural points however adopted the identical insurance policies.

In July 2022, Mr. Bolsonaro hosted international ambassadors for a chat at his official residence in Brasília. In the course of the assembly, he threatened to stage a coup in Brazil. Mr. França attended the assembly and sat with different cupboard members.

Mr. França was a freshman to Ernesto Araújo in Brazil’s diplomatic academy, graduating in 1991. He rose to the rank of ambassador in late 2019 and served as Mr. Bolsonaro’s presidential adviser earlier than being given a job within the cupboard.

Mr. França’s nomination to guide Brazil’s embassy in Ottawa is pending Senate affirmation.


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