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Army chief warns politicians about “further dividing Brazilian society”

Monday, September 10th 2018 - 09:05 UTC
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Vilas Boas said “the worst scenario” would be for a president to be elected with a pending court ruling “removing legitimacy… further dividing Brazilian society.” Vilas Boas said “the worst scenario” would be for a president to be elected with a pending court ruling “removing legitimacy… further dividing Brazilian society.”
The General took aim at the UN Human Rights Committee, which recently said Lula could not be barred from elections while his legal appeals are ongoing. The General took aim at the UN Human Rights Committee, which recently said Lula could not be barred from elections while his legal appeals are ongoing.
It is “is an attempt to violate national sovereignty,” Army chief Villas Boas said of the committee’s position. It is “is an attempt to violate national sovereignty,” Army chief Villas Boas said of the committee’s position.

The head of Brazil’s military has issued a warning against the presidential candidacy of the country’s imprisoned former leader Lula da Silva, who has been banned from standing for office on corruption charges.

The warning from General Eduardo Villas Boas came as followers of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro demonstrated in support of the frontrunner and former army officer, who is convalescing after being stabbed while campaigning.

In an interview published Sunday in the Estadao de S.Paulo newspaper, Villas Boas said that “the worst scenario” would be for a president to be elected with a pending court ruling, “removing legitimacy… and further dividing Brazilian society.”

He took aim at the UN Human Rights Committee, which recently said the left-wing leader could not be barred from elections while his legal appeals are ongoing.

It is “is an attempt to violate national sovereignty,” Villas Boas said of the committee’s position.

The general caused a stir in April when his criticism of “impunity” for corrupt politicians was seen as a direct appeal for the Supreme Court to authorize prison for Lula and many other members of the political system.

Brazil’s military is highly respected but has kept largely clear of politics since the return of democracy in 1985 after two decades of dictatorship.

However the Workers Party of Lula was furious at General Villas Boas statements and described it as “an open insubordination” to the 1988 constitutions, which currently rules Brazil.

In Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo demonstrated in support of Bolsonaro on Sunday.

Bolsonaro is hospitalized in the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, which said Sunday that his condition is improving but that he was still receiving nutrients intravenously.

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  • :o))

    Time after time, Military/Dictatorship Rule demonstrated that they were a miserable failure in improving the quality of life of the population of a country governed by them.
    http://s3-sa-east-1.amazonaws.com/descomplica-blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/17096087.jpg

    Sep 11th, 2018 - 10:49 am +2
  • DemonTree

    Of course he only accuses Lula of dividing society, and not Bolsonaro, who has said plenty of divisive things and also has charges against him. The military are trying to interfere with Brazil's election just as much as the UN, and with less legitimacy. (Brazil signed up for the UNHRC, whereas the generals are barred from interfering by the constitution.)

    Sep 10th, 2018 - 10:44 am +1
  • :o))

    @DT

    REF: “With power comes responsibility”:

    ABSOLUTELY TRUE!

    In reality, under ANY regime; more power usually means = more control = more corruption = MORE power = LESS rsponsibility = LESS Economic+Social Progres.
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gIxyOK5wWBw/UQGfOWus--I/AAAAAAAAAO4/4twpdnvNFPE/s1600/Poder_M%C3%ADdia.jpg

    Sep 12th, 2018 - 03:51 pm +1
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