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Brazil’s Lula replaces army chief in aftermath of riots – DW – 01/21/2023


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sacked his country’s army chief, General Julio Cesar de Arruda, in the wake of the January 8 riots in Brasilia, the official website of the armed forces showed on Saturday.

The unrest erupted when supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings, calling for a military intervention to overthrow the newly elected Lula.

Last week, Lula said he suspected collusion by “people in the armed forces” in the unrest and questioned if he could trust military personnel with his security.

Later, the president’s office announced that federal police would replace the army officers on his security details.

Lula acted despite military’s assurances

Arruda had attended a meeting with Lula on Friday, accompanied by the navy and…



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