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Brazil leader offers $25 bn for public transport

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C), General Secretary of the Presidency Gilberto Carvalho (L) and the Minister of Cities Aguinaldo Ribeiro are seen during a meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on June 24, 2013. Rousseff on Monday proposed to earmark $25 billion for public transport following massive nationwide street protests over the country's inadequate mass transit system.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C), General Secretary of the Presidency Gilberto Carvalho (L) and the Minister of Cities Aguinaldo Ribeiro are seen during a meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on June 24, 2013. Rousseff on Monday proposed to earmark $25 billion for public transport following massive nationwide street protests over the country's inadequate mass transit system.  (AFP)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday proposed to earmark $25 billion for public transport following massive nationwide street protests over the country's inadequate mass transit system.

The government will allocate "50 billion reais ($25 billion) in new investments for urban mobility projects" and "to improve public transport in our country," Rousseff announced following crisis talks with protest leaders and regional officials.

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