Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer said Tuesday his political party, the PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro), will not leave the governing coalition headed by President Dilma Rousseff. Temer doubles as the PMDB’s National Chairman. President Rousseff is titular head of the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores). “The PMDB will not leave the government,” Temer told a convention of party leaders in Brasília. “This is a time for national pacification and unification.” The PMDB is the government’s largest coalition partner, supplying Cabinet officers and votes in Congress. Many in the PMDB have called for a formal withdrawal from the coalition. President Rousseff and her administration have become unpopular because of a spreading bribery scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras and a deteriorating economy.
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