Bolsonaro’s new justice minister replaces Brazil federal police chiefs

Named last week as part of Bolsonaro’s largest Cabinet shakeup to date, Justice Minister Anderson Torres said on Twitter that Paulo Maiurino would replace federal police chief Rolando de Souza.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s new justice minister on Tuesday replaced the heads of the federal police and federal highway police with candidates backed by President Jair Bolsonaro, amid concerns the right-wing leader seeks more direct influence over law enforcement.

Named last week as part of Bolsonaro’s largest Cabinet shakeup to date, Justice Minister Anderson Torres said on Twitter that Paulo Maiurino would replace federal police chief Rolando de Souza. Torres additionally named Silvinei Vasques to take the position of Eduardo Aggio, the head of Brazil’s federal highway police.

Torres, himself a federal police officer, is . . .

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