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>> Brazil's federal government on Friday ordered the army to take over command of police forces in Rio De Janeiro as violence has spiraled out of control in the city. President Michel Temer said drug gangs have virtually taken over the city.>> The government will come back with a hard firm response, and adopt all the necessary provisions to confront, and defeat organized crime, and the gangs.
>> I'm Alexandra Alper with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The move is significant because it is the first time the federal government has decreed a security intervention since the return to democracy in 1988. It also suggests the deployment of federal troops in July last year has not worked.
Another consequence of the decree is, that it could hold up a long delayed vote on a pension reform, which many investors say is necessary to prop up the government's weak finances. The constitution dictates that the key document itself cannot be changed during such a security intervention, and the pension reform requires just such a legislative move.
However, Temer says the government will be able to temporarily suspend the security decree to vote on the key reform. Many Rio residents welcome the security intervention because they are sick of the firefights whose stray bullets kill plenty of innocent bystanders in some of Rio's poorest favelas. However, others fear that the army's famously heavy handed tactics could actually to more violence.