February 20, 2018 / 11:22 AM / a month ago

Brazil's lower house greenlights security intervention in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s lower house early on Tuesday approved a decree that authorizes the federal government to intervene in security in the crime-plagued state of Rio de Janeiro, sending the bill to the Senate for final approval.

Members of the lower chamber of Brazil's Congress attend a session to vote on the decree of the army to take over command of police forces in Rio de Janeiro state, at Brazilian national Congress in Brasilia, Brazil February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

The measure, which passed with 340 votes in favor, 72 against, and one abstention, allows the army to take over command of police forces in the state.

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It was announced by President Michel Temer on Friday, after annual carnival celebrations in Rio were marred by escalating crime.

The Senate is expected to approve the legislation later on Tuesday.

Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Editing by Alison Williams

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