BRASÍLIA – With military training and career, the ministers of the Civil House, Walter Braga Netto, and the Government Secretariat, Luiz Eduardo Ramos, sought this Tuesday, 26, to remove the image that there is political influence from the Armed Forces in the government. Despite all the ministers who work in a closer way to President Jair Bolsonaro being military, increasingly present in different areas of the government, Braga Netto said that he does not agree with the idea that there is a “military wing” in the current administration.
“The Armed Forces are state institutions. There is no military wing. You have military personnel, with military training, who are very well-informed citizens, with ethical and moral values,” said the Minister of the Civil House. This Tuesday, Estadão showed that military ministers are now negotiating positions with Centrão.
Braga Netto was also asked about portraying the government, last week, as being “center-right”. This Tuesday, he switched to a “liberal conservative” profile. “My position is that this government is a conservative liberal. It is conservative because it is based on values, God, family, freedom, ethical and moral values, against corruption. That is the meaning of the conservative. And of liberal by economic liberalism, the path of prosperity “, said the head of the Civil House.
Responsible for the political articulation between the Planalto and Congress, Minister Luiz Eduardo Ramos said he no longer had direct contact with the Army, although he is still active. “There is no connection that I am here representing the Army,” he said. “I am here as a citizen. There is no political influence or whatever, that is being linked to the Army.”
Along with the ministers, there were three other authorities with passages in the Armed Forces: Marcos Pontes (Science and Technology), Tarcísio Freitas (Infrastructure) and Wagner Rosário (Comptroller General of the Union). The only civilian there, in the interview, was the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina. Everyone joked about it that it just did not have military training because, at that time, the training of women in the Armed Forces was not yet allowed. In the case of the Navy, entry into the Force was regulated by law from 1980. In the Army, the first training class involving women was opened at the Army Administration School in 1992.
In recent days, groups of Army reserve officers have released notes of support to the chief minister of the Institutional Security Office (GSI), Augusto Heleno, in which, in a threatening tone, they attacked the Supreme Court (STF), the press and speak of “civil war”.
The note is part of a verbal escalation by supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro since the Supreme Court dean, Minister Celso de Mello, authorized the release of the video of the ministerial meeting on April 22 and dispatched it to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) ) three crime reports, in a customary act, for Augusto Aras to speak about the requests made by opposition deputies to seize the cell phones of the president and his son Carlos Bolsonaro.
Last Friday, Minister Augusto Heleno, who is also a reserve general, released a note in response to Celso de Mello’s decision in which he speaks of “unpredictable consequences for national stability”. Heleno’s demonstration provoked strong reactions from democratic sectors of society, who saw the note as a coup threat.
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