President-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced on Wednesday his pick for the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 51-year-old career diplomat Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo, who has spent 28 of those years in public service. Since 2016, he has headed the U.S. and Canada department within the ministry. Mr. Araújo was reportedly a personal recommendation of far-right guru Olavo de Carvalho.
According to what Mr. Araújo has written, he is as anti-globalist as it gets. He considers that “globalism is the economic globalization that became controlled cultural Marxism.” He continues: “It is an anti-human and anti-Christian system.” He has also defended that Brazil must be freed from that “left-wing ideology.”
Mr. Araújo is aligned with sectors that defend a nation’s sovereignty over any idea of “global governance”—an idea according to which international laws would establish guidelines to be followed by countries. Brazil has seen some recent controversy on the matter when the United Nations Human Rights Committee released a statement requesting that former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for passive corruption and money laundering, be allowed to exercise his political rights while incarcerated and be free to stand in this year’s presidential election.