February 21, 2018 / 11:16 AM / in 4 months

Brazil Senate gives final approval to Rio security intervention

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Senate gave final approval late on Tuesday to a measure that authorizes the federal government to intervene in security in the crime-plagued state of Rio de Janeiro through the end of 2018.

Armed forces members leave the Milton Dias Moreira penitentiary after an inspection operation in Japeri, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The decree, announced by President Michel Temer on Friday, gives an army general oversight of Rio security forces, as violence has escalated in the city.

The bill passed with 55 votes in favor, 13 against, and one abstention following approval in the lower house.

Its passage prevents Brazil from approving a key pension reform, because changes to the constitution such as those needed for the unpopular entitlements overhaul cannot be legally completed during a federal intervention.

Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Catherine Evans

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