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    Russia Supports Constitutional Resolution of Brazil's Political Crisis

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    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia hopes for a constitutional resolution of Brazil's political crisis.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia hopes for a constitutional resolution of Brazil's political crisis without interference from abroad, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, local media reported Monday.

    "We see that Brazil is undergoing a difficult time in terms of internal politics. For us it is imperative that all problems that emerge are resolved within the legal constitutional framework without attempts at destructive external meddling," Ryabkov said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper.

    Brazil has been rocked by protests in recent days after President Dilma Rousseff named her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as chief of staff despite a corruption probe against him. A Brazilian court blocked the appointment and rejected the government's appeal against the decision.

    Last week, Brazilian police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters that had blocked the central Paulista Avenue for two days. Lula has reportedly begun rallying his labour union support base amid opposition calls for Rousseff's impeachment.

    Rousseff has also been facing a wave of public discontent over Brazil’s struggling economy and a major corruption scandal in the state-owned company Petrobras.

    In March 2015, the first wave of protests against the government of Rousseff brought together at least 500,000 people, which became the largest political demonstration registered in Brazil since 1984.

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