Brazilian interim president skipped in Opening Ceremony intros

Amid fears that Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer would be booed by the crowd at Maracana Stadium, his introduction was skipped at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics.

Temer acknowledged before the Games that he was likely to be jeered by the Brazilian crowd and, according to Globo, he requested that the show go on without his introduction, even though he was on stage.

The 75-year-old attorney has served as the country’s interim president since May while Brazil President Dilma Rousseff is dealing with impeachment proceedings. Many Brazilians believe that Temer should’ve also been implicated in the corruption charges against Rousseff and that he should also be removed from office.

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Skipping Temer is somewhat surprising considering he was on the official program for the Opening Ceremony:

Michel Temer
Michel Temer

Temer was scheduled to be introduced along with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach during the traditional Presentation of the Presidents. Bach, who has faced plenty of criticism as head of the IOC, received a warm welcome from the Brazilian crowd.

After the Parade of Nations, Temer briefly spoke, formally opening the 2016 Olympics and received plenty of boos from the crowd, although they were quickly drowned out by fireworks.

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