Brazil President Sacks Military Chief After January 8 Riots: Report

Brazil President Sacks Army Chief After January 8 Riots: Report

The transfer comes days after Lula eliminated a number of dozen troopers from his safety element. (File)


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sacked the nation’s military chief, Julio Cesar de Arruda, within the wake of riots earlier this month by supporters of former chief Jair Bolsonaro, navy sources instructed AFP Saturday.

Arruda had solely taken up the publish on December 30, two days earlier than the tip of Bolsonaro’s mandate, and was confirmed by Lula’s administration in early January.

He will probably be changed by southeastern military commander Tomas Ribeiro Paiva, GloboNews reported.

Arruda had taken half in Lula’s first assembly together with his navy prime brass on Friday. Neither made an announcement on the conclusion of these discussions.

The transfer comes days after Lula eliminated a number of dozen troopers from his safety element following the unrest.

On January 8, Bolsonaro supporters ransacked the presidential palace, Supreme Court docket and Congress in Brasilia, breaking home windows and furnishings, destroying priceless artworks, and leaving graffiti messages calling for a navy coup.

Lula has stated he suspects safety forces could have been concerned within the riots, during which greater than 2,000 folks have been arrested. The leftist president introduced a “deep evaluate” of his instant surroundings.

Protection Minister Jose Mucio stated following Friday’s assembly with Lula and the navy chiefs that there was “no direct armed forces involvement” however added “if any aspect participated, they should reply as residents.”

The connection with the armed forces will probably be one in every of Lula’s greatest instant challenges, say analysts who level to a major navy presence in Bolsonaro’s administration.

On Wednesday, Paiva vowed that the navy “will proceed to ensure democracy” and recommended that the outcomes of the election during which Lula defeated Bolsonaro must be accepted.

“Once we vote, we have now to respect the results of the polls,” he stated in a speech, clips of which have been seen on the G1 information web site.

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