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Brazil`s Bolsonaro offers his son United States ambassador post

Brazil`s Bolsonaro offers his son United States ambassador post

Eduardo said Thursday he had not yet received a formal offer but would accept the role.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (behind) listens as an evangelical pastor speaks before deputies vote a pension reform bill at the National Congress in Brasilia, on July 10, 2019. He's travelled all over the world.

Bolsonaro senior said Thursday his son's friendship with Trump's children and his ability to speak English and Spanish made him "the right person" for the job.

"My understanding is that he could be a qualified person and would be the flawless message to Washington", Bolsonaro added.

The initial findings of an internal legal study carried out by the president's office showed that top-ranking appointments, like those of ambassador, do not constitute nepotism.

But it sent off an uproar among opposition lawmakers.

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"It is a total scandal ... a flagrant case of nepotism that can not be accepted", Folha de Sao Paulo quoted opposition representative Randolfe Rodrigues as saying. Bolsonaro wants to govern in his backyard, extending (the government) to his family.

Bolsonaro was sworn in on January 1 and has yet to nominate a USA ambassador.

He called the move "unprecedented in the history of Brazilian diplomacy" and said he was "certain" the Brazilian Senate would not approve the nomination.

Congressman Ivan Valente of the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party said the nomination would be unethical.

Eduardo Bolsonaro is the third of the president's four sons and a daughter from three marriages and has counseled his father on foreign affairs. "An global embarrassment", he tweeted.

According to his official resume, Eduardo participated in a work experience exchange program in the United States in 2004 and 2005. This appointment will require approval from the Senate Foreign Liaison Committee before passing the upper house.