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Flame lands in troubled Brazil for 94-day relay to Games

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 01:12

President Dilma Rousseff lit the Olympic torch in Brazil's capital and pledged that political turmoil engulfing her nation would not harm the first Games to be held in South America. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The lighting of the Olympic torch in the Brazilian capital should be a light-hearted affair for President Dilma Rousseff ... ... but beneath the smiles .... a political maelstrom. Even before the Summer Olympics begin in Rio this August, Rousseff may face impeachment ... for alleged misuse of budget money that helped her win re-election. Anti-government protesters briefly surrounded the torch during its relay across Brasilia ... but Rousseff insists the political uncertainty won't impact the games. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "Brazil will be capable, even going through this difficult and truly critical period in the history of our country. We know how to get along." Some 12,000 torch bearers will help carry the Olympic flame across South America's largest country over the next three months. But as early as next week, Rousseff will likely be suspended when the Senate votes to start her impeachment. She had hoped the Summer Olympics would bring goodwill to her troubled country, but even officials in her own government admit Rousseff's ouster is imminent.

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Flame lands in troubled Brazil for 94-day relay to Games

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 01:12