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Brazil motion could block president's son as ambassador

Last Updated Aug 12, 2019 at 6:32 pm PST

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro talks on his cell phone during a ceremony at Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Summary

Federal prosecutors in Brazil are moving to block President Bolsonaro's son from becoming an ambassador.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, the president's son, is a congressman in the Brazilian government

RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed a motion that could block President Jair Bolsonaro’s son from becoming ambassador to Washington.

The prosecutor’s office in the capital is asking a regional federal court to specify that ambassadors must have diplomatic experience.

The motion filed Monday comes in response to complaints about plans to name 35-year-old congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro as ambassador to the U.S.

The U.S. government has signed off on the appointment but it has not yet been approved by the Senate.

The younger Bolasonaro has no diplomatic experience, but recently defended his qualifications on TV Globo by noting he’d worked as fast-food restaurants in the U.S. several years ago.