Ex-Brazilian football international and a current Brazilian serving senator Romario has launched a bid to become governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday, putting tackling violence at the
forefront of his campaign.
The 52 years old said “In these chaotic times, change is necessary, change is urgent…Rio always had safety problems, but never like now,” as he announced his candidacy for the centrist party Podemos, for which he was elected federal deputy in 2010 andsenator in 2014.
The ex-footballer is coming at a time, Rio de Jenero is on the verge of bankrupsy, and where violence is rampant, prompting the military to take charge of security.
“I don’t have experience of being in charge. It will be, God willing, the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to demonstrate all I have learned in my life,” he said, accompanied by ex-teammate Bebeto, Alvaro Hias, a senator, and Renata Abreu, party president and federal deputy.
The 1994 World Cup champion and ex-Barcelona star has stood out in congress for his support for disabled people, one of his daughters has Down Syndrome and he recently published a book hitting out at corruption in football.
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