It may seem ironic, but Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro just named a military general to be the minister of the civil house, a role similar to chief-of-staff.
It is the latest example of a trend in Latin America: the militarization of the civilian government.
During the 1960’s and 70’s, many countries in the region were under military rule. Fast-forward to recent years, and we’re seeing a growing military presence in the governments of Latin America.
CGTN’s Paulo Cabral reports from Sao Paulo.
To discuss all of this:
- Eric Farnsworth is the vice president of the Council of the Americas.
- Thiago de Aragao is the director of strategy for Arko Advice.
- Carina Solmirano is a professor of International Security at the Universidad of San Andres.
- Lucas Koerner is a political analyst and editor for VenezuelaAnalysis.com.
Return of military intervention in Latin America: Implications for Democracy https://t.co/WhWRUUHCjX
— Democracy Chronicles (@demchron) February 18, 2020
The false notion that the armed forces are inherently cleaner is dangerous to democracy in Latin America.@robertosimon examines the enduring myth of the “non-corrupt” military in @AmerQuarterly’s latest issue. https://t.co/ZzN4FvZxwL
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What Latin America's corruption and incompetence has wrought: About 42% of Brazilians trust the armed forces, whereas only 7% trust Congress, said pollster Datafolha. Very bad news for democracy, indeed. https://t.co/ADSdTMSDWl via @WSJ
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