Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer will not be a candidate for president in the 2018 election even if he is elevated to the presidency by congressional action later this year. Temer made the statement in an interview Thursday night with the SBT television network. Brazil’s Congress is in the midst of analyzing a petition to remove Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from office. Rousseff is accused of budgetary manipulation. Her removal would automatically elevate Temer to the presidency for the rest of her term. According to press reports, Temer does not want his eventual administration to be tainted by the appearance of personal political interests. Temer said that, as president, he would focus on ending Brazil’s economic crisis. Brazil is suffering the second year in a row of negative economic growth and high inflation.
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