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. …