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Brazil’s interim president wants to ‘pacify’ and ‘unify’ country


Fresh into the job, Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, says his priority is to pacify and unify the country.

Speaking in Brasilia, Temer said credibility has to be restored, describing the work ahead as “complicated” and “difficult.”

The 75-year-old has taken up the top job after Dilma Rousseff was suspended by the Senate on Thursday.

He told his first news conference that the word Brazilians should take care of was ‘trust’.

#VÍDEO Assista ao primeiro pronunciamento de Michel Temer como presidente interino: https://t.co/UwZlRIGOIG pic.twitter.com/n6HJJaX5×4

— Michel Temer (@MichelTemer) May 12, 2016

“Trust in the recovery of the economy, in the potential of our country, in the social and political institutions, and in our capability – that united we can face the challenges of this difficult period,” he said.

Temer’s new cabinet was sworn in: 23 ministers, all men. His predecessor’s larger team included six women.

Brazil’s first female president has described her ousting as a political coup. Dilma Rousseff has again denied the allegations against her and says she’ll fight what she calls an “injustice”.

The Senate voted to suspend for up to six months and put her on trial for breaking budget laws ahead of her 2014 re-election.

During that time Temer’s tough task is to reverse Brazil’s worst recession for decades.


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