Brazil’s president Lula fires army chief one month into term

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Brazil's president Lula fires army chief one month into term

Brazil’s president fired his army chief Saturday in the wake of attacks on the presidential palace earlier this month.

Inacio “Lula” da Silva fired Julio Cesar de Arruda less than a month after he was sworn as head of the military by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro.

De Arruda was sworn in on Dec. 30 by Bolsonaro before da Silva’s inauguration earlier this month. Bolsonaro left Brazil for Florida on the eve of da Silva’s inauguration Jan. 1.

In de Arruda’s place, da Silva has named General Tomas Miguel Ribeiro Paiva, 62, formerly the commander of military forces in the country’s southeast.

Thousands of rioters invaded government buildings and destroyed priceless artwork and other artifacts at the presidential palace in Brasilia on Jan. 8.

Inacio "Lula" da Silva
Inacio “Lula” da Silva fired Julio Cesar de Arruda less than a month after he was sworn in.
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The melee was organized by Bolsonaro loyalists who claimed that the election had been stolen from him. Da Silva, known as Lula in Brazil, won last year’s election by just over one percentage point.

The appointment came a day after Ribeiro Paiva described the Jan. 8 attacks as “the political earthquake” and vowed to uphold democratic principles.

With Post Wire Services

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