The Council of Ministers today changed the new statute of the GNR, which was vetoed by the President of the Republic, so that in the force only the colonels with basic training in the military academy can be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.

According to the communiqué of the Council of Ministers, the paragraph that allowed ungraded military personnel in the Military Academy to rise to the top of the GNR hierarchy has been eliminated.

On 14th March the President Rebelo de Sousa vetoed the new Statute of the Military of the Republican National Guard, considering that the possibility of promotion to the post of Brigadier General “can create serious problems” for the corporation and the Armed Forces.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stated in a message published on the portal of the Presidency of the Republic that the decree-law “now consecrates a special condition of promotion to the position of brigadier general, which translates a regime very different from those in force in the Armed Forces and in the GNR “