May 29, 2018 / 2:23 PM / 3 months ago

Brazil's Temer says no threat of coup amid truckers protest

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Tuesday that there is no chance that a nationwide truckers’ protest that has paralyzed Latin America’s biggest economy will spark a military coup that would topple his government, despite some calls from Brazil’s fringes to do just that.

Brazil's President Michel Temer is seen in a big screen as he attends the Brazil Investment Forum 2018 opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Temer, speaking with a small group of foreign journalists at an investment forum in Sao Paulo, also said that concessions made to the striking truckers to lower diesel prices would not undo reforms made to state-led oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA) to lessen government intervention. The president added that his government would go to the Supreme Court to have an oil workers strike planned for Wednesday declared illegal.

Reporting by Simon Webb; Writing by Brad Brooks; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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