February 16th, 2018
Brazilâ€™s military will take control of public security in the state of Rio de Janeiro as a wave of violence rattles the population and dominates media coverage ahead of this yearâ€™s presidential election.
President Michel Temer will issue a decree on Friday putting the military in charge of Rioâ€™s security forces, his press office said in an e-mailed statement. An army general would be in charge even of the stateâ€™s civilian police, according to two sources with direct knowledge fo the order. The intervention, which requires congressional approval, will last until the end of the year, said the people who requested not to be named because the decree isnâ€™t public yet. Temer will address the situation in a nationally-televised speech Friday night.
The move, the first of its kind since Brazil returned to democracy in 1985, is a response to growing demands ahead of the October general elections for a crack down on crime and violence. It may also provide an excuse not to vote an unpopular pension bill, because by law changes to the Constitution canâ€™t be made while a military intervention is in effect.
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