The Backlash Against Brazil’s Politicized Military

By Oliver Stuenkel

A proposal prohibiting active-duty personnel from government positions has found some support among the armed forces.

SÃO PAULO – Growing concern in Brazil's legislature, judiciary and civil society about the number of active-duty and reserve members of the military embedded in the Bolsonaro government has led Rodrigo Maia, president of Brazil's lower house of Congress, to call for a rule that would limit the role of the armed forces in government In an interview with Estadão newspaper earlier this month, the five-term congressman argued that it was "important to separate the state and the government The armed forces are in the state Policy makers, ministers, the president are in government It is...

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