Brazilian President sacks army chief after anti-govt riots


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sacked the country’s army chief, Julio Cesar de Arruda after rioting in the capital. 

An overview of the news

  • Arruda has been sacked in Brazil over the occupation of government buildings by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro.

  • General Tomás Miguel Ribeiro Paiva has been appointed as the country's army chief in place of Arruda.

  • Unrest erupted in Brazil as supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings, the Brazilian Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court.

  • Military intervention was called for by the protesters to dismiss the newly elected Lula.

  • Elections were held in Brazil in October. Bolsonaro was defeated in these elections, won by a leftist party led by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

  • Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as the President of Brazil for the third time. After this, Bolsonaro's supporters refused to accept the election results.

About Brazil 

  • It is the fifth largest country in the world area wise after Russia, Canada, China, and the United States.

  • It covers almost half of the South American Continent.

  • 60% of the Amazon rainforest which is considered the lung of the earth lies in Brazil.

  • Capital: Brasilia 

  • Currency: Brazilian Real 

  • President: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

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