Ernesto Geimel, retired Army general and present president of Petrobras, was named (Monday 18, June) to become the next president of Brazil.
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Background: Ernesto Geimel, retired Army general and present president of Petrobras, was named (Monday 18, June) to become the next president of Brazil. Geisel will succeed Pres. Garastazu Medici next March.
Geisel, 64, will become the 23rd president of Brazil and the eighth military man picked for the office. Geisel thus far is just presidential candidate of the Arena party, the political organization of the present military government which took power in a 1964 coup. According to law, Geisel still must be voted in by the electoral college on January 15, 1974. But the nominee's victory is assured since the electoral college is controlled by Arena delegates. The electoral college is composed of federal and state congressman and state governors. Brazil's President Medici has already stated that Geisel will carry forward the same policies now underway, "which will not permit any change in the economic, social and political philosophy in the revolutionary order.
Geisel's father was a minister of German ancestry and his mother was Brazilian. He was born in southern Brazil near Porto Alegre. Geisel has been president of Petrobras, and government petroleum corporation, for three-and-a-half years.