Brazilian Military Junta of 1969


Brazilian Military Junta of 1969
Junta Militar
Term of office: August 31, 1969 – October 30, 1969
Predecessor: Artur da Costa e Silva
Successor: Emílio Garrastazú Médici
Composition: General Aurélio de Lyra Tavares
Admiral Augusto Hamann Rademaker Grunewald
Brigadier Márcio de Souza e Mello

A Military Junta or Junta Militar ruled Brazil from August 31 to October 30, 1969, between the sudden illness of President Artur da Costa e Silva and the swearing-in of Emílio Garrastazu Médici as his successor.

At that time, Brazil was in the peak of a dictatorship, and the military was unwilling to allow civilians to have any real share of power. Pedro Aleixo, Costa e Silva's civilian vice-president, was prevented from becoming acting president. The Junta was composed of the three armed forces ministers: Army Minister General Aurélio de Lyra Tavares, Navy Minister Admiral Augusto Hamann Rademaker Grunewald and Air Force Minister Brigadier Márcio de Souza e Mello. They ruled under the provisions of the highly repressive Fifth Institutional Act (AI-5).

History

In August 1969, Marshall Arthur da Costa e Silva, the President of the Republic, suffered a debilitating episode of cerebral thrombosis. The president's condition was hidden from the Vice-President, from the press and from the Brazilian people for a few days, as the ruling upper echelons of the Armed Forces decided what to do about the crisis. On August 31, 1969, the Military Ministers in charge of the three brances of the Armed Forces seized executive power, with the approval of the rest of the military elite, and issued the Institutional Act number 12 (AI-12), to formalize the establishment of a Military Junta.

The operative text of AI-12 was preceded by a proclamation to the Brazilian people, and in this document the Military Ministers announced that the President was gravely ill, and that the High Command of the Armed Forces considered that the situation of the country (especially in view of the recess of the National Congress and other measures imposed by AI-5) was incompatible with the transfer of executive authority to a civilian, and that accordingly the leadership of the Government and the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces should be discharged by the Military Ministers themselves, jointly, until the recovery of the President. Accordingly, the AI-12 declared the President under "temporary impediment" and established that, during that impediment, the Military Ministers would jointly discharge all the powers and duties of the presidency.

Therefore, during the initial stage of the existence of the Military Junta, Marshall Arthur da Costa e Silva, although incapacitated and relieved of the powers and duties of the office (that were transferred to the Junta), remained the President of the Republic. This solution, however, was criticized even by civilian supporters of the regime, and the existance of a triumvirate was deemed potentially unstable. Also, the physicians attending the incapacitated President were of the opinion that his condition was irreversible, that he would not regain the use of reason and that accordingly he would never be able to resume the powers and duties of the office. It was also claimed that the incapacitated President, during intervals of lucidity, had manifested to Military personnel and to members of his family the desire to be replaced in the presidency of the Republic. The High Command of the Armed Forces also considered that a permanent replacement of the President and of the Vice-President (who had been prevented from becoming Acting President) was in the interests of the regime.

Those factors led the Military Junta to issue on October 14, 1969, the Institutional Act number 16 (AI-16). By that Act, President Costa e Silva was removed from office. The office of Vice-President of the Republic was also declared vacant, and Vice-President Pedro Aleixo was thus finally removed from office. The National Congress was called out of its forced recess, and charged with the task of electing a new President and a new Vice-President. In reallity, the role of the Legislature (from which several members of the opposition had been removed by the Executive Branch under the provisions of AI-5) was merely that of rubber-stamping the names chosen by the Military elites that controlled the regime. The elections were set to take place on October 25. AI-16 also established that the new President and Vice-President would be inaugurated on October 30, 1969, and that their term of office would last until March 1974. AI-16 also decreed that, until the election and inauguration of the new President and Vice-President, the Military Junta would remain in place discharging the fullness of the authority of the presidency of the Republic.

Accordingly, the Military Junta remained in existance until the inauguration of General Emílio Médici as President of the Republic on October 30, 1969.

There was no chairman of the junta, and all official acts of the Junta were jointly signed by its three members. While General Lyra Tavares, as representative of the Army, the most powerful branch of the Armed Forces in the operation of the regime, is believed to have been the main decisionmaker within the Junta, no formal precedence was assigned to its members, so as to preserve the principle of equality of the branches of the Military. In official documents of the Junta, its members were always mentioned in the order of antiquity of each branch of the Armed Forces. Thus, the representative of the Navy was always mentioned first, followed by that of the Army, and then by that of the Air Force, which led some to believe that Admiral Rademaker was first among equals in the workings of the Junta.

The junta's most important achievement was a series of amendments to the 1967 Constitution which made it even more authoritarian than before.

See also

Preceded by
Artur da Costa e Silva
Head of Government and State of Brazil
1969
Succeeded by
Emílio Garrastazu Médici

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Brazilian Military Junta — A Military Junta or Junta Militar ruled Brazil from August 31 to October 30, 1969, between the sudden illness of the President Artur da Costa e Silva and the oath of Emílio Garrastazu Médici. At that time, Brazil was in the peak of a dictatorship …   Wikipedia

  • Brazilian military government — Federative Republic of Brazil (Republic of United States of Brazil until 1967) Republica Federativa do Brasil (República dos Estados Unidos do Brasil until 1967) Military dictatorship …   Wikipedia

  • Military junta — Part of the Politics series Basic forms of government Aristocracy Autocracy …   Wikipedia

  • Greek military junta of 1967–1974 — Regime of the Colonels redirects here. For the generic usage as a term for military rule, see military junta. For the Polish regime of colonels, see Piłsudski s colonels. For other uses, see Colonels regime. History of Greece …   Wikipedia

  • Military Affairs — ▪ 2009 Introduction        Russia and Georgia fought a short, intense war in 2008, fueling global fears of a new Cold War. On August 7 Georgia launched an aerial bombardment and ground attacks against its breakaway province of South Ossetia.… …   Universalium

  • 1964 Brazilian coup d'état — Soldiers guarding the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro on March 31, 1964. Other names Revolution of 1964 Participants João Goulart, Castello Bran …   Wikipedia

  • Artur da Costa e Silva — 27th President of Brazil In office March 15, 1967 – August 31, 1969 Vice President Pedro …   Wikipedia

  • Augusto Hamann Rademaker Grünewald — Infobox Officeholder name = Adm. Augusto Hamann Rademaker Grünewald imagesize = small caption = Rademaker with fellow junta members (first from right) order = 19th Vice President of Brazil term start = October 30, 1969 term end = March 15, 1974… …   Wikipedia

  • Bibliography — Introduction Listed are a variety of sources: official government reports; the reports of nongovernmental organizations at the international, regional, and national levels; and works by individuals. The works by individuals include academic… …   Historical Dictionary of the “Dirty Wars”

  • Argentina — /ahr jeuhn tee neuh/; Sp. /ahrdd hen tee nah/, n. a republic in S South America. 35,797,536; 1,084,120 sq. mi. (2,807,870 sq. km). Cap.: Buenos Aires. Also called the Argentine. Official name, Argentine Republic. * * * Argentina Introduction… …   Universalium


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.