Cor­rup­tion cri­sis en­gulfs Te­mer

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

Brazil­ian po­lice ar­rested a close ally of the coun­try’s embattled pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer (be­low), just as he seemed to be mar­shalling forces to fight a cor­rup­tion cri­sis that has shaken his ad­min­is­tra­tion to its foun­da­tions.

Ged­del Vieira Lima, a for­mer min­is­ter, was de­tained in Bahia state in a po­lice op­er­a­tion in­ves­ti­gat­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties at a gov­ern­ment­con­trolled bank. The ar­rest came just days af­ter Brazil’s pros­e­cu­tor­gen­eral charged Te­mer and an aide and for­mer law­maker with cor­rup­tion. The pres­i­dent has an­grily de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions, and vowed to con­tinue an un­pop­u­lar pro­gramme of aus­ter­ity mea­sures.

Brazil’s congress was due to dis­cuss the cor­rup­tion charges this week. If two-thirds of the lower house vote in favour, Te­mer will be sus­pended from of­fice for 180 days and tried by the supreme court.

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