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Brazil's Bolsonaro names sixth military man to cabinet

Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro (center) is an ex-army captain and has appointed six military personnel to his cabinet
Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro (center) is an ex-army captain and has appointed six military personnel to his cabinet AFP
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Rio de Janeiro (AFP)

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro named Admiral Bento Costa Lima Leite his minister of mines and energy Friday, continuing his militarization of Brazil's incoming government.

Six of ex-army captain Bolsonaro's 20 ministers announced so far are from the military.

Like all his major announcements, far-right Bolsonaro used Twitter to share the news.

He is expected to announce his environment and human rights ministers next.

The 60-year-old Lima Leite is currently serving as general manager of nuclear and technological development for the Brazilian navy.

The future mines and energy minister will also join the board of directors of Brazil's nuclear development authority, Nuclebras.

Bolsonaro has already put the ministries of defense, institutional security, science and technology, and infrastructure in the hands of military personnel while his government secretary is a retired general.

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