Brazil’s Lula fires army chief

BRAZILIAN President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sacked the country’s army chief, Julio Cesar de Arruda, in the wake of riots earlier this month by supporters of former leader Jair Bolsonaro, military sources told AFP yesterday.

Arruda had only taken up the post on December 30, two days before the end of Bolsonaro’s mandate, and was confirmed by Lula’s administration early this month.