Monday, June 13, 2005

Brazil: Navy Admiral Talks of Internal Discontent

Navy Admiral Roberto Guimaraes Carvalho is quoted by the news agency Estado taking about "dissatisfaction among the troops" due to low salaries. He also says that commanders are managing to restrain subordinates. "There is a dispute; it is just and recognized by the president himself. We are awaiting a solution," said the Admiral.
"The minister of defense (Jose Alencar) has said several times that the current figure (the gap in military pay) is 36 per cent. That is the amount needed to bring pay up to date; it is not an increase. But it is also necessary to double the navy's modernization budget. But that does not mean doubling it for this year or next year. It means doubling it for a reasonable period."
(Translation by BBC monitoring services).


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