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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 submit on December 30, two days earlier than the tip of Bolsonaro’s mandate, and was confirmed by Lula’s administration in early January.

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

Arruda had taken half in Lula’s first assembly along 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 artistic endeavors, and leaving graffiti messages calling for a navy coup.

Lula has mentioned he suspects safety forces could have been concerned within the riots, through which greater than 2,000 individuals have been arrested. The leftist president introduced a “deep assessment” of his quick atmosphere.

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

The connection with the armed forces can be one in all Lula’s largest quick 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 instructed that the outcomes of the election through which Lula defeated Bolsonaro ought to be accepted.

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

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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