Brazil’s military crisis enters international radar for fear of democratic breakdown

Dismissal of Defense Minister and commanders of the Armed Forces sparks warnings about the size of the institutional conflict in the country that already registers significant setbacks.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "Stress test". This is the term foreign diplomats have used to describe the situation of Brazilian democracy. The events of recent days have raised international alerts about a potential institutional crisis in the country, as governments seek to know if the political gestures made by the President represent a real risk of democratic breakdown.

On Tuesday, March 30, Edson Leal Pujol (Army), Ilques Barbosa (Navy), and Antônio Carlos Bermudez (Air Force) resigned their posts, one day after the dismissal of Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva. The message was clear: the military is not willing . . .

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