New Minister Of Foreign Affairs Says He Won't Work For Global Order

Ernesto Araújo said that "our foreign policy was locked out of Brazil"

Thais Bilenky
Brasília
New Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araújo during his swearing-in ceremony

After his swearing-in ceremony, new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo said that the Bolsonaro administration is "releasing Brazil" and that the same will be done with the Foreign Affairs Office.

In his speech, that received sparse applause, Araújo defended that Brazilians should rediscover their own country and the country's contraposition against what he calls globalism.

During his 30-minute speech, Araújo quoted Brazilian rock singers Renato Russo and Raul Seixas, a movie about Brazil's Independence and a 1960's telenovela called "The Right To Be Born." He also recited the Hail Mary in Brazilian indigenous language Tupi-Guarani.

'We're not here to work for the global order; we're here to work for Brazil" and this means "thinking about the nation, not an article from Foreign Affairs magazine or a piece from The New York Times."

Araújo professed admiration for the "new Italy, Hungary, Poland," countries under right-wing populist governments.

"The world's problem is not xenophobia; it's oikophobia [fear of home]," he said. "Brazil was locked outside itself. I want to say that Brazilian foreign policy was locked outside Brazil," he added.

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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