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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 08:01 PM

Bolsonaro Expands Military Presence in 30 Federal Agencies

At least 2,500 members of the Armed Forces occupy posts in ministries and offices
Oct.14.2019 1:40PM

Camila Mattoso
Ranier Bragon

In his first nine months as President, Jair Bolsonaro has already expanded the number of military, active and reserve members in the federal administration by at least 325 posts.

In addition to the president -a retired captain - and the vice president, General Hamilton Mourão, and of 8 of his 22 ministers, there are at least 2,500 military men in leadership or advisory positions. This is an upward curve initiated under Michel Temer (2016-2018) that broke with the symbolic practice of previous governments of appointing civilians to head the Ministry of Defense.

Folha obtained the information through Access to Information Law requests sent to more than 100 federal agencies.

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The expansion of uniforms in functions traditionally occupied by civilians after the end of the military dictatorship (1964-1985) was most significant in agencies close to Bolsonaro, such as the Institutional Security Office. In the Vice Presidency, there was a jump from 3 to 65.


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