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Lula fired the army chief after the Brasilia attack

“There was a breach of trust”, argued Defense Minister Jose Muzio.

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The ax fell. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sacked army chief Julio Cesar de Arruda, two weeks after his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed the centers of power in Brasilia. The decision was formalized by Defense Minister Jose Mucio on Saturday, January 21. “After the last episodes of January 8 (…) there was a breach of trust”He said at the Presidential Palace in Planaldo.

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Julio Cesar de Arruda has led the army on an interim basis since December 30, two days before the end of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s mandate. He was confirmed there in early January by Lula’s new administration. He Friday took part in Lula’s first meeting with military leaders, at the end of which no one issued a statement.

He will be replaced by 62-year-old General Tomás Ribeiro Paiva, who will be the South-East military commander from 2021, according to presidential sources cited by AFP. General Ribeiro Paiva, who began his military career in 1975, took particular part in the Brazilian military mission in Haiti, commanding the Presidential Guard Battalion and serving as presidential aide in Brasilia under the command of Fernando Henrique Cardoso. On Wednesday, he said in a public speech that the military would continue “to guarantee democracy” That it is necessary “Respect the results of the ballot box”.