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US Defense Secretary wants Brazilian military to respect democracy

Thursday, July 28th 2022 - 09:27 UTC
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“The more we deepen our democracies, the more we deepen our security,” Austin said. “The more we deepen our democracies, the more we deepen our security,” Austin said.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Tuesday underlined during his trip to Brasilia that the Armed Forces should respect democracy and remain under “firm” civilian control. His remarks came two days after incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro claimed upon launching his re-election bid that “the Army is on our side.”

In his speech at a meeting of defense ministers from across the Americas, Austin made it clear that the military must be committed to the rule of law and work “to build transparent, effective and civilian-led defense institutions.”

Bolsonaro has publicly questioned Brazil's electoral system and even told a few dozen ambassadors earlier this month that he believes the Army should step in to guarantee transparency in the upcoming Oct. 2 elections and hold a separate vote counting.

”Credible deterrence (to outside threats) requires military and security forces that are ready, capable, and under firm civilian control,“ Austin told the attendees. ”The more we deepen our democracies, the more we deepen our security,” he went on.

The US government is closely following the development of the Brazilian electoral process and has insisted that its outcome must be respected by all institutions.

In a meeting Wednesday with his Brazilian counterpart, General Paulo Sérgio Nogueira, Austin insisted that the Joseph Biden administration expects Brazil to keep the tradition of fair and transparent elections this year.

Nogueira reportedly defended the actions undertaken by the Armed Forces before with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) seeking to be allowed to carry out a separate, manual vote cunting to add transparency to the electronic machines, whose reliability Bolsonaro has always questioned.

The South American official also told Austin that all Brazilians can vote freely for the candidate they deem the most correct and appropriate, it was reported, while the American secretary highlighted the deep connection between the two countries whose pillars are democracy, fair elections, and human rights.

“On the part of Brazil, I manifest respect for the charter of the Organization of American States, OAS, and the Inter-American Democratic Charter and its values, principles, and mechanisms,” Nogueira said.

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  • Brasileiro

    I agree with the United States. And personally, I am very grateful for helping Brazil overcome this crisis in our democracy.

    We won't forget that!

    Jul 28th, 2022 - 03:30 pm 0
  • Scotsboy1

    @Brasileiro, I am glad you feel that way Brasileiro.

    Yet, I am sure I have read on this website before that you do not want the same democratic standards for the people of the Falklands right? It is ironic that the values of democracy, good government, and high morals is something that you want for your country, but you don't believe in these values for other people? How do you justify that in your own head and heart?

    Jul 29th, 2022 - 08:17 am 0
  • imoyaro

    You ask for logic and empathy. You ask in vain...

    Jul 29th, 2022 - 05:08 pm 0
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