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Bolsonaro appoints new minister to lead the General Secretariat

General Floriano Peixoto has been appointed as Minister of the Presidency’s General Secretariat, after President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed Gustavo Bebianno on February 18th, amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of the Social Liberal Party’s (PSL) congressional candidates.

Source: O Globo

Joining the Brazilian Army in 1973, Floriano Peixoto graduated as an infantry officer in 1976, and subsequently held a number of senior command and staff positions, including Command of the Twelfth Infantry Brigade (Air Assault), Command of the Second Army Division and Head of the Brazilian Army Staff’s Fifth Sub-directorate (International Matters). He was also appointed as the Brigade’s Operations Officer in 2004, when Brazil sent its first contingent to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and served as Force Commander of MINUSTAH from 2009 to 2010.

Floriano Peixoto will be the eighth military officer to occupy a high-ranking position in Bolsonaro’s government.