General Paulo Sérgio Nogueira (Army), squadron admiral Almir Garnier Santos (Navy) and Lieutenant-Brigadier Baptista Júnior (Aeronautics) were chosen
The new defense minister, Walter Braga Netto, announced, this Wednesday afternoon, the 31st, the names of the three new commanders of the Armed forces. They are: General Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira (Army), Squadron Admiral Almier Garnier Santos (Navy) and Lieutenant-Brigadier Baptista Júnior (Aeronautics). They replace, respectively, the general Edson pujol, Admiral Ilques Barbosa and Lieutenant-Brigadier Antônio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, who, in an unprecedented way, surrendered their positions this Tuesday, 30, in protest to the resignation of Reserve General Fernando Azevedo e Silva of the portfolio.
In a Twitter post, General José Luiz Freitas, commander of the Army’s Land Operations, praised General Nogueira’s choice. “The new Army Commander, Gen Paulo Sérgio, was chosen, an exceptional exemplary human and professional figure. As it could not be otherwise, we will remain united and cohesive, working tirelessly for the Army of Caxias and for Brazil ”, says the tweet. The new army commander held the post of head of the General Personnel Department. General Décio Schons, the oldest of the four active stars, will be the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces.
In an official note, released on Monday, 29, Azevedo e Silva stated that, in the period in which he was at the helm of the Defense, he preserved “the Armed Forces as State institutions”. General Walter Braga Netto was appointed to his place. The resignation of Azevedo e Silva surprised members of the Armed Forces and members of the federal government – the fall was seen as an attempt to “frame” the military. THE Young pan found that President Jair Bolsonaro had been demanding political alignment from the Armed Forces, with statements of support for the government and with demonstrations contrary to social isolation measures, for example. According to reports made in the report, the refusal of the three commanders caused a deterioration in the relationship – on more than one occasion, the head of the federal executive asked for the replacement of Pujol in command of the army.
Chosen the new Army Commander, Gen Paulo Sérgio, an exceptional human and exemplary professional figure. As it could not be otherwise, we will remain united and cohesive, working tirelessly for the Army of Caxias and for Brazil!
– General Freitas (@Gen_Ex_Freitas)