Brazil’s President Michel Temer said on Friday that he will not run in the October 7 election and denied that a federal security intervention in Rio de Janeiro state was designed to improve his low approval ratings.

Brazil’s President Michel Temer arrives at the Military Defense Council meeting in Brasilia, Brazil February 22, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado

“I am not a candidate and I won’t be a candidate,” Temer, a former vice president who took office when leftist Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016, said in an interview with Radio Bandeirantes.