Brazil's Temer urges electoral court to rule quickly on 2014 campaign


The justice mMinistry oversees Brazil's federal police, who along with federal prosecutors are leading massive corruption probes, including the "Car Wash" political graft investigation now looking at Temer. Temer, then vice president, rose to the presidency a little over a year ago when President Dilma Rousseff was suspended and then removed for illegally managing the federal budget.

Prior to being appointed justice minister, Jardim served as Brazil's transparency minister, a portfolio created by Temer.

THOUSANDS of Brazilians marched through Rio de Janeiro on Sunday before gathering in dense fog on the world-famous Copacabana beach to demand coup-installed President Michel Temer's resignation and new elections to choose his replacement. The unpopular president has seen his support in Congress shrink amid growing pressures for him to step down. Temer denies wrongdoing and has vowed not to resign.

The union of federal police investigators said in a statement Sunday night that members had no idea the appointment of Jardim was coming. Critics said the move was aimed at putting Temer's long-time friend Torquato Jardim in the crucial justice minister position.

In a phone conversation that was intercepted by the Federal Police - one of the branches under the Justice Ministry's supervision - a suspect can be head referring to Serraglio as the "big boss".

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Temer reportedly replaced Serraglio because he is a target of ongoing investigations related to bribes covering up the sale of bad meat. A source close to Temer told Reuters that Serraglio will soon be announced as the new transparency minister.

Serraglio had been under pressure to resign as justice minister after he was linked to a corruption investigation in the meat business, but he stayed on the job until Temer chose to bring Jardim in.

Some Brazilians consider his presidency illegitimate because of Rousseff's ouster, and many people are angry over his push to pass a series of economic changes, including capping government spending, loosening labor laws and reducing pension benefits.

SAO PAULO President Michel Temer said he hoped Brazil's Supreme Electoral Court would deliver a "quick solution" next month in a case alleging illegal funding of his 2014 campaign, to lift the uncertainty hanging over his government and the economy. A report by the country's central bank showed pessimism on several different fronts, including growth, inflation and exchange rates.

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