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Brazilian senators want to change diplomatic nomination rules

A group of lawmakers wants to allow themselves to become ambassadors without stepping down from office. Experts warn it could over-politicize diplomatic corps

diplomacy diplomatic The Brazilian Embassy in Rome sits in front of the iconic Piazza Navona. Photo: Angelo Cordeschi/Shutterstock
The Brazilian Embassy in Rome sits in front of the iconic Piazza Navona. Photo: Angelo Cordeschi/Shutterstock

Brazilian diplomacy is reputed for its high level of professionalism. The Rio Branco Institute, an advanced school for diplomats, has arguably the toughest entrance exam of the country’s entire public service — focused on setting a high standard for technical excellence. 

A group of senators, however, is surreptitiously trying to change the pathways to ambassadorship, allowing lawmakers to simply take leave from their posts in order to take control of an embassy — lifting the current requirement for them to resign from office. The Constitution bans lawmakers from leading permanent missions abroad, such as embassies, although they can take charge of...

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