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Brazilian President Lula has made a major personnel decision. © Marcelo Camargo/Agencia Brasil/dpa

After the attacks on the government district in Brasilia, the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, draws more consequences: now the position of army commander is affected.

Brasília – After the seizure of the government district in Brasília, the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, replaced the army commander.

“Today, together with Defense Minister José Múcio, I spoke with General Tomás Miguel Ribeiro Paiva, the new commander of the army,” Lula wrote on Twitter on Saturday (local time) and wished the new commander the best in his work. Ribeiro Paiva, who succeeds Júlio César de Arruda, was previously commander of the Southeast Command based in São Paulo. He said in a video this week that the election results must be respected to guarantee democracy.

On January 8, supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro, who had just been replaced by Lula, stormed Congress, the seat of government, and the Supreme Court in Brasilia, causing extensive damage. Around 1,500 supporters of the right-wing Bolsonaro have been arrested so far. Many do not want to acknowledge the victory of the new president Lula in the October elections. Because they suspect fraud due to the close election result, they repeatedly call for military intervention.

The leftist politician Lula expressed suspicion that rioters, for example with members of the armed forces and federal police from the capital district, had made arrangements during the assault on the government district in the capital. Due to mistrust, he had already relieved several dozen soldiers of his duties at the presidential residence and renewed the police headquarters. dpa

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