This file photo taken on Dec 27, 2018 shows Brazil's Military Commander Walter Souza Braga Netto (Center) speaks during a ceremony at the Palacio Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro to mark the end on Dec 31 of the federal and military intervention for public security in the city. (CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)
SAO PAULO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday he expects to announce former defense minister Walter Braga Netto as his running mate for this year's election in the next few days.
Former defense minister Walter Braga Netto, a retired army general, previously served as Bolsonaro's chief of staff from February 2020 to March 2021, when he took office as defense minister – a job he left earlier this year
Bolsonaro will seek a second term in October, but currently trails leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in opinion polls.
Braga Netto, a retired army general, previously served as Bolsonaro's chief of staff from February 2020 to March 2021, when he took office as defense minister – a job he left earlier this year.
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"He is someone I admire a lot and who will help Brazil a lot in the coming years if we get re-elected," Bolsonaro said in an interview broadcast on YouTube.
Bolsonaro also hinted at congresswoman Tereza Cristina Dias, a former agriculture minister, as a potential running mate. The far-right leader called her an "excellent name", but noted there was room for "only one" vice-presidential candidate on his ticket.
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Current Vice-President Hamilton Mourao, also a former general, is expected to run for Senate representing the state of Rio Grande do Sul after a string of high-profile disagreements between him and Bolsonaro.