Brazil has turned a page, says new President Temer

Temer, 75, came to China for the G20 summit which starts in Hangzhou on Sunday.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 02, 2016, 16:29 PM IST
Brazil has turned a page, says new President Temer

Shanghai: Brazil has turned a page on years of crisis, the country's new leader Michel Temer said Friday as he made his international presidential debut in China only a day after being sworn in to replace Dilma Rousseff following a bitter impeachment fight.

"Even though we suffered from political and economic upheaval, as well as economic downturn, this page has been turned," Temer said in a speech Friday in the Chinese commercial hub Shanghai.

"Brazil has put all the economic and political instability it suffered in the past few years behind us."

Temer, 75, came to China for the G20 summit which starts in nearby Hangzhou on Sunday, and is seeking to consolidate his position after senators in Brasilia voted Wednesday to convict Rousseff on charges of having illegally manipulated government accounts.

In a meeting with Shanghai mayor Yang Xiong, Temer witnessed the signing of nine agreements covering projects from infrastructure to agriculture and said that China was now "Brazil`s most-needed cooperative partner."

Brazilians "need China`s support, we need China`s cooperation," he added.

But Temer faces multiple difficulties at home, with Rousseff filing a Supreme Court challenge against her conviction for taking illegal state loans.

His bid to shore up his authority will face strong opposition from her Workers` Party and allied leftist organisations.

And his vows to create jobs through market-friendly reforms while tackling the country`s fiscal deficit through spending and pension cuts are likely to provoke strong opposition both on the streets and in Congress.

Sworn in to serve out the remainder of Rousseff`s four-year presidential term up to the end of 2018, Temer said in China that Brazil and the world`s second-largest economy "should join hands bravely", encouraging Chinese companies to invest in his country to boost economic and trade ties.

Temer also met with Chinese entrepreneurs in Shanghai on Friday morning and assured those who have signed deals that they will be "well protected" by its laws.