Hamilton Mourão

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Antônio Hamilton Mourão
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Personal details
Born Antônio Hamilton Martins Mourão
(1953-08-15) 15 August 1953 (age 65)
Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Political party PRTB (Since 2018)
Mother Wanda Coronel Martins
Father Antônio Hamilton Mourão
Military service
Allegiance Brazil Brazil
Service/branch Coat of arms of the Brazilian Army.svg Brazilian Army
Years of service 1969–2018
Rank General do Exército.gif General
Commands

  • 27th Field Artillery Group
  • 2nd Jungle Infantry Brigade
  • 6th Army Division
  • South Military Command
  • Secretary of Economy and Finances

Antônio Hamilton Martins Mourão (born 15 August 1953 in Porto Alegre) is a retired Brazilian Army General, the highest post a Brazilian Soldier can reach during peace time.[1] He is also the son of General Antônio Hamilton Mourão and Wanda Coronel Martins. He retired on February 28, 2018.[2]

Military career[edit]

Mourão joined the Army on February 1972, in the Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras (AMAN), in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, where he became on officer on December 12, 1975.

He later had classes at the Escola de Comando e Estado-Maior do Exército where he graduated as Staff Officer and attended classes of Politics, Strategy and Army High Administration. He also trained in Basic Parachuting, Jump Master and Free Jump.

During his military career he was an instructor at AMAN, was part of a peace mission in Angola and was the Military Attache for Brazil's Embassy to Venezuela. He commanded the 27th Group of Campaign Artillery in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul; the 2nd Jungle Infantry Brigade in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas; the 6th Army Division and Military Command of the South in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul.

Politics[edit]

Mourão gained fame in 2015 during the political crisis in the second term of president Dilma Rousseff, when he was transferred from the Military Command of the South (CMS) to the Secretary of Economy and Finance, in the Federal District, due to statements made in a speech about the political context at the time.

In a public announcement of the Masonic Lodge Grande Oriente in September 2017, in the Federal District, Mourão stated that, "among the duties of the Brazilian Army, there was the guarantee of the operation of the institutions and of the law and order", and that, if the judiciary "couldn't be able to heal the existing politics in the country, this would be imposed by the army through a military intervention", what, in his vision, "is provided by the Federal Constitution of 1988".[3]

However, in May 2018, following the truck drivers' strike, Mourão spoke against calls for military intervention in the government, stating that "if the government lacks conditions to govern, leave, resign. Call elections earlier, do whatever, but end its immobilism", and that "the country cannot descend to chaos". He also called the Unified Federation of Oil Workers' strike, "shameful", and said "there are people taking advantage [of the situation] on both sides".[4]

Leaving the active service in 2018, Mourão considered running for president of the Military Club.[5]

On May 8, 2018, Mourão announced his membership of the Brazilian Labor Renewal Party (PRTB), and his intention to run for President of Brazil, along with Levy Fidelix.[6]

However, in August of 2018, Mourão became Vice Presidential running mate of right-wing Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comando Militar do Sul terá novo comandante" [Southern Military Command will have new commander] (in Portuguese). DefesaNet. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ Coutinho, Mateus (28 February 2018). "Judiciário tem que 'expurgar' Temer, diz general Mourão" [Judiciary has to 'expurgate' Temer, says general Mourão]. O Globo (in Portuguese). Infoglobo. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ Marés, Chico (18 September 2017). "Quem é o general que falou em intervenção militar para resolver crise política do país" (in Portuguese). O Globo. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ General repudiates military action against government and says that the people become hostages of the protests (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ "Mourão exonerado de cargos e transferido para a reserva no início de 2018" (in Portuguese). Revista Sociedade Militar. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  6. ^ Mantovani, Kelly (8 May 2018). "General Mourão filia-se ao PRTB e pode ser candidato a presidente pelo partido" (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Bolsonaro anuncia general Hamilton Mourão como vice" (in Portuguese). G1. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
Party political offices
Preceded by
José Alves de Oliveira
PRTB nominee for Vice President of Brazil
2018
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