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Brazil's Temer says he will not run in October presidential election

Brazil's President Michel Temer arrives to the Military Defense Council meeting in Brasilia, Brazil February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s President Michel Temer said on Friday that he will not run in the October 7 election and denied that a federal security intervention in Rio de Janeiro state was designed to improve his low approval ratings.

“I am not a candidate and I won’t be a candidate,” Temer, a former vice president who took office when leftist Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016, said in an interview with Radio Bandeirantes.

Reporting by Anthony BoadleEditing by Chizu Nomiyama

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