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Brazil's fiscal accounts 'worse than ever imagined'

Staff writer |
Brazil's fiscal accounts were in worse shape than initially thought after the suspension of Dilma Rousseff, acting President Michel Temer said.

“It was surprising, in a negative way, what we encountered,” Temer told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in an interview published on Saturday on its website, in coincidence with the month he has been in office as interim president.

“The fiscal accounts were worse than we imagined, Petrobras was broken, the Postal Office broken, Eletrobras broken, and I still have faced an aggressive campaign against me.”

The forecast for this year's budget gap, revised by Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles to a record 170 billion Reais (US$49.7bn), forced Temer's team to propose a cap on the increase in spending for next year to control Brazil's growing debt.

The spending bill is expected to be presented at Congress next week. The size of the deficit was the worst surprise Temer found when he took over, he said.

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