The leaders of all three branches of Brazil’s armed forces collectively resigned Tuesday following President Jair Bolsonaro’s alternative of the protection minister.
The Defense Ministry reported the resignations—apparently unprecedented since not less than the top of army rule 36 years in the past—in an announcement launched with out giving causes. Replacements weren’t named.
The announcement got here after the heads of the military, navy and air power met with the brand new protection minister, Gen. Walter Souza Braga Netto, on Tuesday morning.
Bolsonaro on Monday carried out a shake-up of prime Cabinet positions, that included the alternative of Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva.
Speaking to supporters exterior the presidential palace Tuesday night time, Bolsonaro didn’t focus on the three commanders. When requested in regards to the pandemic restrictions imposed by governors and mayors, the Brazilian president mentioned he respects the structure, although he added: “But it has been some time that some authorities are not playing within the limits of the constitution.”
In different Cabinet adjustments, Bolsonaro changed Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo.
Earlier this month, Bolsonaro additionally changed his well being minister, active-duty military Gen. Eduardo Pazuello, the third well being minister to go away workplace because the starting of the pandemic. Pazuello’s tenure coincided with most of Brazil’s 317,000 COVID-19 deaths.
On Tuesday, Brazil’s well being ministry mentioned a brand new day by day excessive of three,780 deaths associated to COVID-19 had been registered within the earlier 24 hours. The earlier excessive of three,650 deaths was recorded Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report