Ministers argue that federal intervention is not dangerous to democracy

Federal intervention transfers the command of the public security forces in Rio de Janeiro for the head of the Eastern Military Command, General Walter Souza Braga Netto, appointed receiver.
16/02/2018 16h49 - Updated 16/02/2018 17h23
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Yara Aquino and Alex Rodrigues – Agency Brazil

The defense ministers, Raul Jungmann, and the Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI), general Sérgio Etchegoyen, they said today (16) that the presidential decree authorizing federal intervention in the area of ​​public security of the state of Rio de Janeiro does not represent any risk to democracy.

Classified by President Michel Temer as an "extreme measure", federal intervention transfers the command of the public security forces of the state, including the prison system, to the head of the Eastern Military Command, General Walter Souza Braga Netto, appointed receiver.

"The armed forces have never been a threat to democracy, at any time after the return to democracy. Threat to democracy is the inability of the police structures that are the responsibility of the states ", declarou Etchegoyen.

"There is no risk to democracy when any government action or institution is given from the Constitution. On the contrary. We have to strengthen it, because democracy requires lawful order, which derives from the Constitution. This is an absolutely democratic movement, constitutional and does not represent any risk ", he added Jungmann.

The text of the decree was published in special edition of the Official Gazette, this afternoon, e, although it must still be approved by Congress, already in place. The intervention is expected to last until the day 31 December 2018.

The possibility of the revocation decree was mentioned by President Michel Temer in the signing of the document. He said he will stop the intervention to vote for pension reform when there is the evaluation of the House and Senate that there is a condition of approving the text. If Congress approves the intervention, he is prevented, by the Constitution, to approve any proposed amendments to the constitution (PEC), case of the Social Security reform, while the intervention force.

According to Jungmann, the intention of the Presidential Palace is, if necessary, revoke the decree of intervention and institute a guarantee Mission Law and Order (GLO) extended, which will enable the use of the Armed Forces in the state until a new intervention can be implemented, after Congress discussed the new rules pension.

By the time the decree of intervention force, Braga Netto General shall exercise operational control of all state agencies of public safety, being able to request financial resources, technological, structural and human resources to public safety activities.


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