Thursday, 11 July 2013

Brazil: Former president to be exhumed

The remains of João Goulart, who was president of Brazil from 1961 to 1964 when he was ousted in a coup, are to be exhumed.

"Jango" died in Argentina in 1976, officially of heart problems, but there is a suggestion he could have been poisoned. He was apparently under surveillance in exile and his relatives have long called for more investigation into his death.

His remains will be transferred to the headquarters of the federal police in Brasilia where an examination will be carried out "probably by the end of the year," said an official at the National Truth Commission.

Goulart joins several other prominent figures in Latin America who have been exhumed in recent years, including Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda.

Brazil to exhume ex-president Goulart (France24)
Brazil decides exhumation of ex-president Goulart, believed to have been poisoned by the military regime (Mercopress)
Restos mortais do ex-presidente João Goulart serão exumados (Exame)

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