Rio's state of emergency not political ploy: Temer

Rio's state of emergency not political ploy: Temer

Published
Hot News
2 min read
President of Brazil Michel Temer. (File Photo: IANS)
Brasilia, Feb 22 (IANS) Brazil President Michel Temer has denied through his spokesperson Alexandre Parola, that the federal state of emergency declared about public safety in Rio de Janeiro had any political motivations.In a statement on Wednesday, Temer said that the electoral agenda "is not nor will be the cause" of the federal takeover of Rio de Janeiro, amid spiralling crime, Xinhua news agency reported."The President reiterates that any decision of the government is exclusively based on the real needs of the country, the electoral agenda is not nor will be the cause of the government's actions," Parola told the press.This declaration was in response to comments by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who accused Temer of sending the army into Rio de Janeiro due to political interests.On Wednesday morning, Lula, candidate for the Workers' Party (PT), said that Temer had carried out the federal intervention to take votes away from Jair Bolsonaro, a candidate of the Social Christian Party (PSC).Bolsonaro, a former soldier and lawmaker known for his far-right views, is polling at around 15 per cent and has a real chance of qualifying for the second round of the election in October."Temer wants to take the votes of Bolsonaro and came up with sending the army in Rio de Janeiro," said Lula. Lula, who is leading the poll about preferred candidates for the October elections, will be barred from running if he loses an appeal against a guilty verdict for corruption and money laundering, which would see him jailed for 12 years and one month. --IANSpgh/

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!