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Brazil's former Foreign Minister officially approved as UN representative

Criado em 02/10/13 14h36 e atualizado em 02/10/13 14h50
Por Mariana Jungmann Edição:s Fonte:Agência Brasil

Brasília – Brazil's new permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York, the former Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, has been officially approved. During a voting session at the Senate on Wednesday (October 1st), he received 43 votes in favor and 14 votes against, with 1 abstention.

Patriota resigned from the Foreign Ministry (domestically known as the “Itamaraty”) following a diplomatic crisis involving the Brazilian embassy to Bolivia. On that occasion, Eduardo Saboya, then serving as Brazil's chargé d'affaires at the embassy, helped remove Bolivian opposition senator Roger Pinto Molina out of the embassy, where he had been living as a refugee. Molina was secretly driven to Brazil without safe-conduct from Bolivian authorities, in an operation that was carried out without knowledge of the Brazilian government.

Following Patriota's resignation, President Dilma Rousseff decided to appoint him for the UN. As required by Brazilian law, Patriota stood a confirmation hearing at the Senate's Foreign Relations Commission last week. His vacant post at Itamaraty was filled by Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, who had been in charge of Brazil's representation to the UN since June.

Editors: Nádia Franco / Olga Bardawil
Translator: Mayra Borges

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