Brazil names former leftist guerrilla as foreign minister

Yahoo News-01Brazil’s president on Thursday named Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, a onetime leftist guerrilla who took part in a train robbery and was exiled to France, as foreign minister.

Nunes, 71, replaces Jose Serra who stepped down in February, citing health concerns.

Despite being Latin America’s biggest country and economy, Brazil has a relatively lowkey foreign policy, with few international disputes and no involvement in armed conflicts.

However, the position is important at a time when Brazil is trying to lure back foreign investors in the wake of a huge corruption scandal and the downgrading of its credit rating to junk.

Relations with the United States are a priority and Brazil’s G1 news site was quick to pull up a tweet from Nunes the day after the US vote in which he characterized newly elected President Donald Trump as “the worst, the most uncontrolled” face of the Republican party. …

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