Brazilian is a congressman in Jordan

27 de setembro de 2017

São Paulo – André Murad, born in Santa Rosa, state of Rio Grande do Sul, is a lawyer and a congressman… in Jordan! The son of a Brazilian mother and a Brazilian father of Palestinian descent, he moved with his family to the Arab nation when he was only nine years old, established himself there and last year was elected for the Parliament. Currently, Murad heads the Committee of Tourism of the Jordanian Parliament and wants to promote his adopted country as a destination for Brazilian tourists.

Murad took part in a dinner organized by Brazil’s ambassador in Amman, Francisco Carlos Soares Luz, in the evening of this Tuesday (26) in a Brazilian steak house in Amman, which also had as guests the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce’s president Rubens Hannun, Foreign Relations vice president Osmar Chohfi, and special projects advisor Tamer Mansour.

Murad was the congressman with the most votes in his district. “And I’m the youngest in Parliament,” he told ANBA over the phone. The congressman was born in 1982 and has dual Brazilian-Jordanian citizenship.

He intends to arrange a mission to Brazil in order to visit travel agencies and advertise Jordan as a tourist destination. “Brazilians will surely find the country really beautiful,” he said, in Portuguese.

The congressman stressed that Jordan features unique attractions like the Dead Sea, where Jesus Christ was baptized, as well as the River Jordan and the ruins of Petra, and that it’s a safe destination. He also said Jordanians are fond of Brazil and Brazilians.

Married and the father of four children, the oldest of whom is called Juliana, “a Brazilian name “Murad tells that he has been to Brazil three times since moving to Jordan. His mother, on the other hand, comes to Brazil every year. “I have a big family in Brazil: ten uncles and aunts,” he said.

The dinner offered by the ambassador was also attended by Jordanian businesspersons, by representatives of local businesses that are Arab Brazilian Chamber members, and by the Economics editor with Jordan’s state-run news outlet Petra.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani & Gabriel Pomerancblum