Wednesday 13 December 2017

Brazilian president moves out of official residence because of 'ghosts'

Brazilian President Michel Temer at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia Photo: Getty Images
Brazilian President Michel Temer at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia Photo: Getty Images Newsdesk Newsdesk

The acting president of Brazil has reportedly moved out of his official residence because of "ghosts".

Michel Temer, who has been running the country since Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year, told a Brazilian news magazine that he and his family were leaving the Alvorada Palace because they found it "spooky".

Mr Temer and his wife Marcela are moving back to the vice-presidential residence of Jaburu Palace where they lived with their seven-year-old son Michelzinho since he was elected Vice-President in 2011.

He told Veja magazine: "I felt something strange there. I wasn't able to sleep right from the first night. The energy wasn't good.

"Marcela felt the same thing. Only Michelzinho, who went running from one end to the other, liked it."

He joked that they had even started to wonder whether there were ghosts in the modernist palace which was inaugurated in 1958. 

The family has now moved to the smaller Jaburu Palace, which was empty because no one replaced Mr Temer when he was elevated from the vice-presidency to the presidency after former president Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year for breaking budget accounting laws.

Mr Temer is fighting for his political survival as a result of an investigation into alleged illegal campaign financing.

He is accused of having benefited from illegal donations when he and Mrs Rousseff ran together in 2014.

The result of the 2014 election could be annulled if he is found guilty by federal judges.

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