December 21, 2016 / 1:39 PM / 7 months ago

Brazil's Temer says states must still commit to austerity

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Brazil's President Michel Temer attends the ceremony of delivery of popular houses in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil December 21, 2016.Leonardo Benassatto

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Wednesday that states that seek debt relief from the federal government will be required to commit to austerity practices despite a bill passed by the lower house of Congress excluding fiscal commitments.

Temer did not say whether he has decided or not to veto the bill passed Tuesday night in a reversal for his plan to restore fiscal discipline in Brazil.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle

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