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Weekly Report - 10 September 2015 (WR-15-36)

BRAZIL: Temer continues to distance himself from Rousseff

In a rare, and partial, mea culpa to mark Independence Day on 7 September, President Dilma Rousseff acknowledged that some mistakes may have been made by her government. “If we committed any errors, and we may have done, we will overcome them and move forward,” she said, speaking to the nation via a web broadcast in order to avoid the panelaços – the banging of pots and pans – that have greeted her recent televised addresses. “Some of the solutions for this situation are bitter, it is true, but they are indispensible,” she said. But while Rousseff’s “bitter solutions” involve tax hikes, Michel Temer, the vice-president, favours spending cuts.

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