Corruption crisis engulfs Temer
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.