Israeli PM to skip Brazil presidential inauguration

December 26, 2018
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro listens to a question during a press interview, in Brasilia, Brazil. A new era begins in Brazil on Jan. 1. Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old ex-captain of the army, is preparing to take the reins of a country undermined by corruption, hit by the worst economic crisis in its history and with a worrying increase in violence. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will cut a visit to Brazil short, skipping incoming President Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration.

Brazilian paper O Globo reports Wednesday that Netanyahu decided to shorten his weeklong visit to just two days after his coalition announced the dissolution of the Knesset and hastened elections to April 9.

Netanyahu has had several positive interactions with the incoming Bolsonaro government.

On Nov. 1 Bolsonaro announced on Twitter his plans to move the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Several Arab nations criticized the decision. Shortly after Bolsonaro’s tweet, Netanyahu stated his intention to attend the inauguration.

Despite high approval ratings, corruption investigations have cast a shadow over Netanyahu’s fourth consecutive run for office.

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