Three Brazilian Army Chiefs Resign After Bolsonaro Replaces Defense Minister

After President Jair Bolsonaro was replaced by Defense Minister, the leaders of all three branches of the Brazilian Army jointly resigned on Tuesday.

The Defense Department reported its resignation in a statement released without explaining why-clearly unprecedented since the end of the junta at least 36 years ago. The replacement had no name.

The announcement came on Tuesday morning after Army, Navy, and Air Force leaders met with new Defense Minister General Walter Souza Braga Net.

Bolsonaro conducted a shake-up of top ministerial positions on Monday, including the successor to Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva.

Talking to supporters outside the presidential palace on Tuesday night, Bolsonaro did not talk about the three commanders. When asked about pandemic restrictions by the governor and mayor, the president said he respected the Constitution, saying, “But some authorities haven’t played within the Constitution some time ago. “

In other cabinet reshuffles, Bolsonaro replaced Foreign Minister Ernesto Ara├║jo.

Earlier this month, Bolsonaro also replaced General Eduardo Pazuero, the active army, the third health minister to resign since the pandemic began. Pazuero’s tenure was consistent with most of Brazil’s 317,000 COVID-19 deaths.

On Tuesday, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said a new daily high of 3,780 deaths associated with COVID-19 was registered in the last 24 hours. A record 3,650 deaths were recorded on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.