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By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Ministry of Defense confirmed on Tuesday, May 7th, the blocking of R$5.8 (US$1.4) billion in the budget of the Armed Forces.

The amount was announced in the morning by President Jair Bolsonaro to the military and represents 44 percent of the discretionary (non-compulsory expenditure) allocated to the Navy, Army, and Air Force.

"This blockage, at the moment, does not imply the need for changes in the operability of the Ministry of Defense," stated the ministry, claiming to be working towards the "recovery of the economy . . .

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