January 2, 2019 / 11:49 AM / 8 months ago

Brazil president's security aide says will focus on 'rescuing' intelligence system

Former General Augusto Heleno arrives for a meeting with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Augusto Heleno, Brazil’s new minister of institutional security, said on Wednesday that his main task will be to rescue the country’s intelligence service for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Heleno, one of Bolsonaro’s closest aides and a key player in trying to lower Brazil’s sky-high murder tally, was speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of government ministers, which took place the day after the president’s inauguration.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Daniel Flynn

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