Brazilian Army Chief Resigns Due to Bolsonaro’s New Crisis

Brazilian President Jail Bolsonaro can be seen after meeting with Brazilian House of Representatives Arthur Lira at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on March 30, 2021.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces a political crisis

All Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Force leaders have resigned as President Jair Bolsonaro struggles to contain the crisis over his leadership.

The Secretary of Defense is reported to have resigned in protest of what they see as Mr Bolsonaro attempting to over-control the army.

On Monday, the president was forced to reshuffle the cabinet after both foreign and defense ministers resigned.

Bolsonaro’s popularity plummeted beyond his reaction to Covid-19.

Brazil’s far-right president, who came to power two years ago, has consistently opposed quarantine measures, claiming that the damage to the economy is worse than the effects of the coronavirus itself.

He also told the Brazilians to “stop whining” about the situation. Approximately 314,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Brazil, with more than 12.5 million confirmed.

How serious is this for Bolsonaro?

It is reportedly the first time in Brazilian history that Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs have stood up together because of disagreements with the president.

General Edison Real Puyol, Admiral Ilkes Barbosa, and Lieutenant Antonio Carlos Bermudes resigned on Tuesday.

Ara├║jo has been accused of inadequate handling of relations with China, India and the United States, resulting in inadequate amounts of the Covid-19 vaccine in Brazil, lawmakers said.

After that, Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva immediately followed and urged the cabinet reshuffle. The defense minister clashed with Mr. Bolsonaro over military loyalty, which he said should be directed towards supporting the Constitution rather than personally supporting the president.

Wilgrant, a Latin American correspondent at the BBC, said Bolsonaro is currently facing the biggest political crisis since taking office in January 2019.

Coupled with his mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, our correspondent adds that pressure on right-wing leaders has increased significantly in recent weeks.

Bolsonaro, who had previously questioned the vaccine and defended a drug that has not been proven to be a cure, said last week that 2021 would be the year of vaccination. “Soon we will resume normal life,” he said.

Brazil is struggling to deploy vaccination programs across its vast country. So far, I have been using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the Chinese corona bag, both of which require two jabs.

Brazil also approved the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and ordered a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and a Russian-made Sputnik V jab.

Brazil’s daily Covid-19 deaths exceeded 3,000 for the first time earlier this month, raising concerns that hospitals are nearing collapse and the country could pose a threat to global public health.

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