US-Iran Crisis Deepens Gap between Planalto and Military Leadership in Brazil

Vice-president Mourão, the military, and agribusiness opposed the knee-jerk alignment with Donald Trump. The next dispute will be over the appointment of an ambassador to Iran.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The crisis involving Iran and the United States has pushed President Jair Bolsonaro further away from his vice-president, Hamilton Mourão, as well as from the military group that supports the government.

In addition, it has strengthened the radical wing that operates in foreign relations, in particular, the special advisor to the Presidency in the international area, Filipe Martins, and Minister Ernesto Araújo. Both were advocates of automatic alignment with Donald Trump's administration in the clash with the Middle East country.

Over the past week, El Pais interviewed six sources from the Planalto . . .

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