Rio de Janeiro — Brazil, South America’s economic giant, remained in a near-stranglehold on Tuesday despite a pledge from the president that a nine-day transport strike would soon end. Late on Sunday, the deeply unpopular President Michel Temer caved in to intense pressure from strikers, and cut the price of diesel fuel. The truck strike has been crippling fuel, food and other freight across the industrial and agricultural powerhouse. Temer said he had "absolute conviction that between today and tomorrow" the crisis would finally end. In a tweet, Temer gave a slightly longer horizon of "one to two days". Despite the president’s confidence, significant numbers of truck drivers stood firm and some called for the government to step down. A key Temer minister, Eliseu Padilha, spoke of unidentified groups "infiltrating the movement with different, essentially political goals". Late on Sunday, Temer gave in to their main demand for lower diesel costs, but on Monday there was renewed disru...

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