January 28, 2019 / 3:07 PM / 6 months ago

Brazil Vice President says government needs to punish those responsible for dam disaster

FILE PHOTO: Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao waves as he leaves the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao, who is the country’s acting president while Jair Bolsonaro undergoes planned surgery, said on Monday that the government would need to investigate but also punish anyone found responsible for a deadly mining disaster.

Mourao also said the question of the management of Vale (VALE3.SA), which owns the mine, would be analysed by a crisis working group formed by the government.

Reporting By Maria Carolina Marcello and Lisandra Paraguassu

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