Brazilian President Michel Temer on Monday formally created a new Cabinet post, the Ministry for Public Security, as part of a federal drive to maintain law and order in states facing severe financial problems. The president named Defense Minister Raul Jungmann to the new post. To replace Jungmann, he named Defense Ministry Secretary-General Joaquim Silva e Luna as the new Defense Minister. Silva e Luna is a retired army general and a former Army Chief-of-Staff. Jungmann will be responsible for coordinating federal anti-crime actions with the states, including some, such as Rio de Janeiro, which have seen public safety deteriorate in the wake of financial woes. Federal aid to the states includes use of Army troops and equipment.
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