‘Abrupt’ exit spawns ‘collapse speculation’ between Bolsonaro and military, NYT says – 03/30/2021 – Nelson de Sá

The New York Times entered the coverage of the Brazilian political crisis with the report “Heads of the Armed Forces of Brazil Abruptly Resign Amid Change of Function” (image below).

“The departure of the military leaders,” writes correspondent Ernesto Londoño, “has fueled rampant speculation in the capital over a collapse in relations between the president and the military.” Describes the Brazilian government’s response to the pandemic, the context of the changes, as “improvised and chaotic”,

The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, which had previously reported on ministerial reform in the wake of the soaring Covid, produced and featured on the front page reports of the departure of commanders.

“Brazilian military leaders are leaving their posts as the president tries to increase his support,” the WSJ points out (image below), noting:

“Tensions between the military and Bolsonaro, a former army captain who served in the Brazilian dictatorship from 1964-85, have intensified in recent months, as the president has increasingly called on the armed forces to support it politically.

Opening the FT text, “Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has attempted to assert his authority by reorganizing the cabinet and changing military leaders, but the changes have only strengthened his waning support.”

At the home of the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, “Militares contra Bolsonaro”. And at the South China Morning Post home, “Brazil’s military leaders are in further turmoil for Jair Bolsonaro.”

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