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  • Brazilian Federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of president Jair Bolsonaro is seen during a dinner at Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (FIESP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2019

    Brazilian Federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of president Jair Bolsonaro is seen during a dinner at Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (FIESP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2019 | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 August 2019

Brazil's far-right President has been accused of nepotism after he sought the appointment of his son as the ambassador to the United States. 

Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro's son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. 

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The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter's lack of experience as one of the main factors for their intervention. 

The public prosecutor’s office asked a Brasilia court to rule on the need for non-diplomats to have relevant international experience and served the nation abroad for at least three years.

Opposition lawmakers have also sought to block Eduardo Bolsonaro becoming Brazil’s envoy in Washington by introducing a bill against nepotism in the public administration.

Bolsonaro, who has developed close ties with U.S. President Donald Trump since taking office in January, has defended the appointment of his son, saying he is a friend of Trump’s family which would help improve relations between the two nations.

But even some of Bolsonaro’s allies in Congress, where the Senate has still to confirm the appointment, see the choice as an unprecedented affront to Brazil’s experienced diplomatic corps.

Opposition lawmakers are backing bills in both chambers to block nepotism in government appointment, and the Cidadania party has asked the Supreme Court to bar Bolsonaro’s appointment calling it “blatant nepotism.”

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