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BRAZIL-BRASILIA-Brazil’s newly-installed president Michel Temer said the Senate’s decision to allow former president Dilma Rousseff to maintain her political rights was a “small” embarrassment and played down its significance to the stability of his government.

Temer was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a business summit in Shanghai, after he arrived in China on Friday to attend the G20 leaders’ meeting in Hangzhou, his first global event after this week’s impeachment of his predecessor, Rousseff.

Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday decided that Rousseff could maintain her political rights, a break with Brazilian law that specifies a dismissed president should be barred from holding any government job for eight years.

Brazilian assets seesawed after the dismissal, on market fears over division in Temer’s alliance following the Senate’s vote.

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