Ex-chancellor Celso Amorim is appointed special advisor to Lula

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Ambassador and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim was appointed by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) chief advisor to the special advisory of the Presidency of the Republic. The nomination of the former chancellor was published in an extra-edition of the Official Gazette of the Union, on the night of this Wednesday (4).

In addition to being head of the Itamaraty in Lula’s first two governments, Amorim, already with Dilma Rousseff (PT), was at the head of the Ministry of Defense. He will be the main advisor for international relations, in a position similar to the one held by Marco Aurélio Garcia in the PT’s first terms.

The former chancellor is assembling his team with close names and should count, for example, with cadres like the diplomat Audo Faleiro, who suffered retaliation during the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL).

On Wednesday night, Amorim attended the Itamaraty Palace for the handover ceremony of Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha, who became the first woman to occupy the position of Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — the second in the hierarchy of Brazilian diplomacy.

Behind the scenes, it was rumored that the nomination of Mauro Vieira as Minister of Foreign Affairs would be a defeat for the former chancellor, who would have worked for the nomination of Maria Laura, who was his chief of staff at the Itamaraty. However, Vieira himself was an adviser to Amorim. The nomination of the ex-chancellor means that he will have influence in defining Brazil’s international policy.

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