A Bolsonaro Presidency Doesn't Mean The Military Is Back, Says Army Commander

For General Eduardo Villas Bôas, the president-elect is more of a politician than a military man

Igor Gielow
São Paulo

The election of Jair Bolsonaro, a retired Army captain, to be Brazil's next president doesn't mean that the Armed Forces are going to take charge of the country, says general and Army Commander Eduardo Villas Bôas.

"The idea of him as a man of service comes from outside. He is more politician than anything else," he said. "We are cautious with this notion that his election means the military is back in power. That is not the case."
However, there is a concern about the barracks becoming politicized. To avoid that, the commander wants to establish a clear line between the Armed Forces as an institution and the government.

Brazilian Army Commander Eduardo Villas Bôas attends a parade commemorating the Brazilian army, in April - AFP

"Some [servicemen] were elected, others are part of the transition team, but we have an institutional border. We are working to avoid politics taking over the barracks again.

About the tweet he posted the day before president Lula's habeas corpus petition to the Supreme Court, in which he denounced criminal impunity, he said his act was "on the limit." "It could go out of control if I didn't say anything."

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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