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Bolsonaro Chooses Retired General for Secretary of Government

The cabinet of Brazil‘s next president, Jair Bolsonaro, will be stacked with former military officials.

The president-elect announced on Twitter his choice for Secretary of Government, retired General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz.

Santos Cruz has more than 40 years of domestic and international military experience, including Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti from 2007 to 2009, Deputy Commander for Land Operations of the Brazilian Army from 2011 to 2013, and Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2013 to 2015.

According to the official website, the Secretary of Government assists the President primarily in the following six categories:

I – In conducting the Federal Government’s relationship with the National Congress and with the political parties;

II – Interlocution with the states, the Federal District and the Municipalities;

III – In the relationship and articulation with the entities of the civil society and in the creation and implementation of instruments of consultation and popular participation of interest of the Federal Executive Power;

IV – In the promotion of analyzes of policies and topics of interest of the President of the Republic and in the accomplishment of studies of political and institutional nature;

V – In formulating, supervising, coordinating, integrating and articulating public policies for youth; and

VI – In the articulation, promotion and execution of programs of cooperation with national and international, public and private organizations, destined to the implementation of policies of youth.

Santos Cruz is the fifth former military official that Bolsonaro picked for his government, reports Voice of America.

Some Brazilians are concerned over the high number of former military officials that Bolsonaro plans to appoint to his cabinet.

While Bolsonaro has moderated is rhetoric somewhat after being elected president, the incoming administration has made several tough on crime proposals.

Sergio Moro, a former anti-corruption judge and Bolsonaro’s pick for justice and public security, told reporters that the incoming administration plans to create a secretariat within the federal government that will coordinate police forces at both the federal and state level.

While state sovereignty would be respected, Moro said that federal coordination was needed.

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