Army anticipates departure of colonel who discussed with PMs in Planalto

Army anticipates departure of colonel who discussed with PMs in Planalto
Army anticipates departure of colonel who discussed with PMs in Planalto

posted on 1/25/2023 1:54 PM


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The Army command anticipated the departure of Lieutenant Colonel Paulo Jorge Fernandes da Hora from the command of the Presidential Guard Battalion. The change in position was scheduled for February, but the colonel should leave the post on Friday (27/1). According to members of the federal government, Lieutenant Colonel Nélio Moura Bertolino will be his replacement.

The departure of Paulo Jorge Fernandes was one of the points of tension between President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and the Armed Forces. During the invasion of Planalto, in the terrorist acts of January 8, the colonel was filmed arguing with military police at the time of the arrest of Bolsonaristas.

In addition, President Lula suspects that members of the Presidential Guard Battalion facilitated the extremists’ access to the building, and went so far as to declare that “the door to the Planalto was opened” for the invaders.

Depoliticization of the Force

The anticipation of the departure of the colonel from the command of the Battalion was one of the topics discussed at the first meeting of the new commander of the Army, General Tomás Ribeiro Paiva, with the high command of the Force, which took place yesterday (24/1).

It was also agreed at the meeting that Lieutenant Colonel Mauro Cid, former assistant to Jair Bolsonaro, will not assume command of the 1st Commando Action Battalion (BAC), in Goiânia, while responding to an inquiry at the Federal Supreme Court ( STF). Mauro Cid sent the request to postpone his appointment to General Tomás.

Mauro Cid and Paulo Jorge Fernandes da Hora were among the main targets of the federal government after the change in command of the Army, which took place over the weekend. The former commander, General Arruda, had refused to bar the appointment of Bolsonaro’s former aide.

Discomfort still remains with General Gustavo Henrique Dutra de Menezes, who heads the Planalto Military Command, but there is still no indication, so far, about his departure from office. He is accused of leniency towards the extremists and of having prevented the Military Police from entering the coup camp on the night of the attacks.

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