Brazil leader denies report he endorsed bribing ex-politician

18 May, 2017, 10:46 | Author: Glen Fletcher
  • Supreme Court in Brazil Authorizes Rousseff Re-Election Trial to Begin

"Given the gravity of the situation and the responsibility to keep Brazil from plunging into the imponderable, the only option is for President Michel Temer to resign", said Senator Ronaldo Caiado, leader of the government-allied Democratas party in the Senate.

Another recording showed Joesley telling Temer that he was giving Cunha and another conspirator, Lúcio Funaro, an allowance in prison to ensure they remained silent.

"President Michel Temer has never requested payments to obtain the silence of former MP Eduardo Cunha", it said. JBS, the world's biggest meatpacker, declined to comment. The report immediately sparked calls from leftist opponents of Temer for his impeachment.Temer took over previous year after the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, a political natural disaster to a large extent engineered by the then-powerful Cunha.

Batista delivered the evidence to the prosecution office and confirmed his testimony to a member of the Supreme Court. According to the Globo newspaper, the demonstrators had tried to break into the parliament's building, but police used pepper spray against them.

The news roiled Brazil, as a nation that thought itself inured after three years of political turmoil confronted a dramatic ratcheting up of the level of chaos and uncertainty.

A recent survey credited Temer with only 9-percent voter endorsement for performance - below Rousseff's standing at the moment of her suspension for allegedly masking data on the depth of the country's recession.

Cunha, once a powerful member of Temer's ruling party, has previously said he had compromising information about several senior politicians linked to a vast political bribery scandal at state oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

The decision to restart the trial came days after former Rousseff's main campaign strategist João Santana and his wife Monica Moura testified saying the campaign received illegal campaign contributions.

Rousseff denied any relationship with the company and said she had never authorized the use of unreported and undeclared financial resources during her electoral campaign.

Alessandro Molon, an opposition lawmaker from the Rede party, has filed a demand to Speaker of the lower house, Rodrigo Maia, for impeaching Temer. It could take up to a year before a verdict is reached, and it is expected that Temer's defense will attempt to stall the trial as much as possible in attempts of postponing the conclusion until the 2018 presidential election to avoid being booted from office early.

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