• Brazil interim leader ‘ready’ to be booed at Olympics

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    BRASÍLIA: Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer said on Saturday he is fine with the likelihood he will be booed when he appears at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games next week. “I am totally ready. As (Brazilian writer) Nelson Rodrigues used to say, in Maracana (stadium) even the moment of silence gets booed,” Temer told local media on a visit to Porto Alegre, ahead of South America’s first Olympics, which he will open at the fabled football pitch. Temer, the vice president who has been acting head of state since May, will preside over the opening ceremony and declare the Games open, amid the country’ contentious political situation. Suspended President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor and left-wing ally Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, meanwhile, have said they will boycott the ceremony. Rousseff is currently suspended for an impeachment trial for breaking government budget laws, while Lula, who as President was instrumental in Rio’s winning bid as Olympic host, faces serious corruption allegations.

    AFP

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