Brazil government to intervene over security in Rio

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The president of Brazil’s Senate said on Friday the federal government would intervene to beef up security in Rio de Janeiro state.

The move appears to dim prospects for a much-delayed pension reform bill, which would require a change to the constitution. Constitutional amendments are banned during federal interventions.

Eunício de Oliveira said the government would appoint an army general to oversee security forces in the violence-plagued state, including the police, and the fire and intelligence departments.

Sources at the presidential palace told Reporters on Thursday the government was considering creating a new ministry to oversee public security.

Legislation to streamline Brazil’s costly social security system has been lined up for a first crucial vote in the lower house of Congress next week.

It is being watched closely by investors worried about the government’s ability to bring a huge budget deficit under control and avoid a further credit rating downgrade.

 

Zainab Sa’id