By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The army general in charge of Rio de Janeiro’s military intervention, General Walter Souza Braga Netto, stated on Wednesday that there is no need for the military action to continue beyond December 31st, when it is scheduled to end.

For the general, the intervention has been positive for the population and its main legacy ‘intangible’. “State institutions have been strengthened in the intervention process,” said the officer to reporters after a seminar in Brasilia.

Braga Netto defends that the armed forces involved in the intervention be pulled out gradually . . .

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