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In first, Jewish lawmaker elected president of Brazilian senate

RIO DE JANEIRO – A young senator who is an ally of Brazil’s new pro-Israel president has become the first Jewish person to preside over Brazil’s senate.

Davi Alcolumbre, 41, is a native of Brazil’s northernmost state of Amapa. He has been a politician for 18 years but is little known by many in mainstream Jewish circles in Latin America’s largest nation.

“We are very proud to have a great Jew and friend of Israel in the leadership of this legislative house. On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I wish you Hatzlacha and Mazal Tov,” Israeli ambassador Yossi Shelley writes on social media, using the Hebrew words for success and good luck.

Alcolumbre’s election, held Saturday evening, was supported by Brazilian senator Flavio Bolsonaro, who is the son of President Jair Bolsonaro. He beat Renan Calheiros, who was seeking his fifth Senate presidency.

“Alcolumbre has been a traditional partner of Jewish-Zionist causes in the National Congress. Now we have for the first time in history a 100 percent Jewish president in the Senate,” Israel’s honorary consul in Rio, Osias Wurman, tells JTA.

— JTA

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Posted by Embaixador Yossi Shelley on Saturday, February 2, 2019

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