Third Brazil minister named in corruption scandal resigns
BRASILIA—Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, has lost the third cabinet member of his month-old administration to a graft scandal. Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves resigned after being accused of taking bribes.
Brazilian Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves, considered a close ally of acting President Michel Temer, resigned on Thursday after a brief tenure.
Alves, a member of Temer’s center-right PMDB party, is under investigation in the corruption probe at the staterun oil giant Petrobras. Several of Brazil’s most powerful politicians from across the political spectrum have already been implicated in the scandal.
Sergio Machado, the former chief executive of Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro and a key witness in a probe into the graft allegations, accused Alves of accepting the equivalent of $445,000 (400,000 euros) from state oil company Petrobras.
Acting President Michel Temer managed to oust Dilma Rousseff but is facing corruption allegations himself.
Alves is the third cabinet member to step down since Temer assumed the presidency just over a month ago following President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment proceedings and current suspension over allegations linking her to the illegal manipulation of public accounts.—Agencies on Friday, symbolizing government control of the city, an hour’s drive west of Baghdad, nearly four weeks after the offensive began. A military statement said the federal police had raised the Iraqi flag above the building and were continuing—Agencies