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Both Temer and Rousseff Invited to Olympics Ceremony

Brazil's interim President Michel Temer is worried the ceremony may be "awkward" if both suspended President Dilma Rousseff and himself are present
By The News · 22 of June 2016 16:46:32
Brazil's acting President Michel Temer speaks during a meeting with governors about economic crisis, at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 20, 2016, Brazil's acting President Michel Temer speaks during a meeting with governors about economic crisis, at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 20, 2016. The current crisis is so bad that the acting governor of Rio de Janeiro state has declared a state of financial disaster so he has more leeway to manage his scarce resources less than two months Brazil hosts the Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres), photo: AP/Eraldo Peres

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer says the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games could be awkward if both he and the suspended president he replaced are on hand.

Both Temer and suspended President Dilma Rousseff have been invited by Rio 2016’s organizing committee to attend the event at Maracana stadium.

Rousseff was impeached and suspended in May from office for allegedly breaking fiscal laws. A Senate trial will decide her fate.

In a Tuesday night interview on channel GloboNews, Temer said it would be better if Rousseff’s impeachment trial finished before the Aug. 5-21 games.

That isn’t likely, however. The most optimistic predictions of senators have the final vote happening around mid-August, which could very well get pushed back until after the games.