Brazil's Bolsonaro formally recognizes Venezuelan opposition envoy

BRASILIA, June 4 (Reuters) - Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro received the diplomatic credentials of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Brazil, formally recognizing her as the ambassador of the neighboring country.

Ambassador Maria Teresa Belandria had said on Friday that the Brazilian government withdrew its invitation to present her credentials at the presidential palace. But her spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday that the government changed its mind.

Diplomatic analysts said last week that the military wing of the Bolsonaro government did not want to recognize Guaido's envoy because they do not see an imminent change of government in Venezuela.

Guaido's call on Venezuelan military officers to abandon leftist President Nicolas Maduro and join the opposition movement went largely unheeded last month, leading many to think he had overplayed his hand with the support of the U.S. government.

Bolsonaro, like many leaders in the region, has been sharply critical of Maduro and has recognized Guaido as the country's legitimate leader.

Former military officers making up about a third of Brazil's cabinet have been wary of provoking Maduro, warning against moves that could tip an economic and political crisis into violence across Brazil's northern border.

Bolsonaro's top security adviser, retired General Augusto Heleno, told Reuters earlier this month that Venezuela's armed forces will decide Maduro's future and could depose him to lead a transition to democratic elections. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito, Lisandra Paraguassú and Anthony Boadle Editing by Bill Trott)