Brussels Sprout wrote: »
Apparently the new Defence Minister told them that their loyalty should be to the President and not to the Constitution. They disagreed and walked. Given that Bolsanoro has never hid his admiration for the military dictatorship of the past it is worrying times for democracy in Brazil.
Bit cynical wrote: »
In Ireland, the supreme commander of the armed forces is the president, currently Michael D. Higgins. Personally I prefer that that is the case rather than the military being loyal to their interpretation of the Constitution.
Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could be set for a sensational comeback attempt after a supreme court judge annulled a series of criminal convictions against the leftist icon and restored his political rights.
The ruling, which analysts called a political bombshell, means Lula is almost certain to challenge Brazil’s incumbent president, Jair Bolsonaro, in the 2022 presidential election.
“The election starts today … It’s virtually impossible Lula won’t be a candidate,” said Thomas Traumann, a Rio de Janeiro-based political observer. “In American terms, it’s going to be like Sanders versus Trump.”
The Valor Econômico, Brazil’s leading financial newspaper, declared: “Lula is back in the game.”
amandstu wrote: »
Seems this "loyalty to the leader" is a contagious concept
Trump is quite an aficionado ,but I doubt if this loyalty extends to President Biden.
I wonder where the loyalty of the Brazilian Armed Forces lies after these resignations.
And so on, and so on …. - Slavoj Žižek
Peregrinus wrote: »
The command structure of an army, and the question of where its loyalty lies, are two different things. Military commanders — even the commander in chief — are due obedience, not loyalty or allegiance.