April 28, 2020 / 11:11 PM / a month ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro vows autonomy of federal police under new chief

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro reacts as he stands at the ramp of the Planalto Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said the federal police under the command of the new chief he appointed on Tuesday will have autonomy from the government.

Yet he said the investigation into the stabbing he suffered on the campaign trail in 2018, a probe he had criticized the previous police chief for not resolving, would be reopened now.

Bolsonaro named a family friend to head the federal police, days after his justice minister quit and accused him of meddling in law enforcement for political motives.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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