Third Brazil min­is­ter named in cor­rup­tion scan­dal re­signs

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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