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Brazil protests- Rousseff announces new national plan
June 22, 2013, 5:21 am

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets over the past week. [Xinhua Images]

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets over the past week [Xinhua Images]

Brazil has held an emergency meet of cabinet ministers even as the country is gripped by protests which began over public transport fare hikes but has grown increasingly directed at government spending.

After the meet, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, in a televised address, has said that the cost of hosting the World Cup will not be borne by Brazilian taxpayers.

“I would never allow this money to come out of the taxpayers’ money, harming essential areas such as health and education,” she said.

Rousseff also sought to assuage protestors who are concerned about alleged government corruption.

“I want institutions that are more transparent, more resistant to wrongdoing,” she said.

The Brazilian president also announced the unveiling of a new national plan for public transport, education and health services in the country.

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets over the past week.

The protests were initially directed at bus fare rises but are increasingly focused on the $13 billion cost of the World Cup and similarly lavish expenditure on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In Sao Paulo, organisers called for a festive demonstration to celebrate that the fare hikes were rolled back the day before.

The government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff slipped eight points in the approval ratings from March to June to land at 55 per cent, according to new survey results released on Wednesday.

Polling firm Ibope Institute, which undertook the survey on behalf of the National Industry Confederation (CNI), reported that the number of people who believe the government is doing a bad or very bad job increased from seven per cent to 13 per cent.

 The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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