Brazilian President Michel Temer has edged closer toward declaring his candidacy to run in October's presidential elections by telling a magazine that not vying for the top office would be "a cowardice."
Temer took office in mid-2016 after then President Dilma Rousseff, for whom he served as vice-president, was impeached. He is currently under investigation on corruption allegations.
Last year he faced three charges from Brazil's top federal prosecutor, Reuters reports, but a friendly Congress blocked him from having to stand trial.
The Temer government's approval rating is 6 percent, and in the most recent Datafolha poll, 1 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for him in this year's election.
In an interview with Istoe magazine, posted on the publication's website on Friday, Temer said he was confident voters would warm to him if he were to make his case on the campaign trail.
"I've fixed a country that was broken. I'm proud of what I did and I need to show what is being done," he said. "It would be a cowardice not to be a candidate."