Brazil: Lula fires army chief shortly before his first trip abroad

Brazil: Lula fires army chief shortly before his first trip abroad

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sacked army chief Julio César de Arruda two weeks after attacks on power centers in Brasilia, military sources told AFP on Saturday.

Julio César de Arruda, acting chief of the armed forces since December 30, was fired by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. A dismissal that comes just two days before the end of the mandate of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Julio César de Arruda will replace Southeastern military commander Tomas Ribeiro Paiva, Selon GloboNews.

Tomas Ribeiro Paiva said in a public speech on Wednesday that the army would continue to “guarantee democracy”. “It is the regime of the people, of change of power. It’s the vote. And if we vote, we have to respect the result of the polls,” he said, according to a video released by the G1 news site.

Julio César de Arruda attended Lula’s first meeting with the military leaders on Friday, at the end of which no one made any statement.

Lula’s “deep revision” of the military apparatus in the service of the executive branch

The left-wing leader has begun a “deep scrutiny” of the military apparatus serving the executive branch after expressing distrust of certain members responsible for its security.

A total of 53 of them were sacked this week, 13 of whom belonged to the Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI), a government agency responsible for assisting the head of state with his national security and defense policies.

More than 4,000 supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro wreaked havoc in Brasilia on January 8 by storming and looting the presidential palace, Congress and the Supreme Court.

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