Brazil: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 25th January 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential implications for his policies of reports that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has dismissed 40 members of the Brazilian Armed Forces in the administration and security of the Alvorada Palace presidential residence following the insurrection that took place in January 2023.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

It is for the Brazilian Government to decide what measures they consider appropriate to ensure the security of official buildings in Brasilia. The Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and our Ambassador to Brazil have recently reconfirmed the UK's full support for President Lula and the Government of Brazil and the importance of respecting the democratic will of the Brazilian people. The UK has a deep and longstanding relationship with Brazil based on shared commitments to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. We look forward to working with President Lula and his government to further strengthen our relationship with Brazil.

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