Brazil’s Acting President Michel Temer will not be a candidate for a full four-year term in 2018 elections “under any circumstances,” Temer said Monday. The acting chief executive made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in Brasília. Newly elected Chamber of Deputies Speaker Rodrigo Maia, in an interview over the weekend, said political parties supporting Temer would consider him “their logical candidate” in 2018. Temer has been acting as interim president since April, when President Dilma Rousseff was forced by Congress into a leave-of-absence on charges of illegal manipulation of the federal budget. The Brazilian Senate will vote in early September whether to restore Rousseff to office or remove her permanently from the presidency. If Rousseff is remo ved, then Temer will become full-fledged president until the end of the current term in 2018. Temer said he will not be a candidate in 2018 because he does not want “perceived politial considerations” to cloud needed government action against a stubborn recession and persistent corruption.
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