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

Brazilian President Michel Temer reviews the troops upon his arrival to the meeting of the Military Defense Council in Brasilia on Feb 22, 2018.
Brazilian President Michel Temer reviews the troops upon his arrival to the meeting of the Military Defense Council in Brasilia on Feb 22, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BRASILIA (REUTERS) - Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Friday (Feb 23) that he will not run in the Oct 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. (This story is developing)