Brazil leader defiant in face of possible charges


Temer, Brazil's former vice president, assumed the presidential office on August 31, 2016, the same day when the state's Federal Senate voted to dismiss Dilma Rousseff over the misuse of public funds.

Although several past Brazilian presidents and scores of other politicians are now being probed for corruption, Temer is the first leader in the country's history to face criminal charges while still in office.

Brazil's attorney general has formally accused President Michel Temer with corruption, the first time a sitting president in Latin America's largest nation has faced criminal charges.

However, for Temer to go on trial, the lower house of Congress must first approve Janot's charge by a two-thirds majority. The lower house would be required to vote on whether Temer can be tried.

Janot opened an investigation last month into Temer for corruption, obstruction of justice and being part of a criminal organization.

Temer has denied the charges and says he won't step down, with growing street protests calling for his resignation and a spiraling Brazilian economy, he risks being the second Brazilian president impeached in less than a year.

His trip last week to Russian Federation and Norway ended up underscoring the president's problems and Brazil's diminished stature overseas thanks to a steady stream of corruption scandals the last three years. In his first comments since returning from a trip to Russian Federation and Norway, he said earlier Monday that he had no intention of stepping down."There is no plan B", he said at a ceremony to sign a new bill in the capital Brasilia. A series of charges and votes to support Temer will no doubt create a political backlash that could lead to large demonstrations and demands for elections that could force the government out of office or lead to violence and unrest.

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"Nothing will destroy us".

"There is no plan B", he said at a ceremony to sign a new bill in the capital Brasilia. Reuters reported in May that the billionaire Batista family, which owned roughly 42 percent of JBS, is raising cash to pay the fines and settle allegations that they bribed scores of politicians.

"We are very concerned about the "Car Wash" probe", said Solberg, adding that it was important for Brazil to "clean up" corruption.

Temer came to power previous year after former President Dilma Rousseff was impeached by her center-right rivals for violating budget laws, in what her leftist allies dubbed a coup.

The Datafolha polling institute showed over the weekend that just 7 percent of those questioned approved of Temer's administration — the lowest since 1989.

Last Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin sent the PGR a copy of the police investigation into Temer, with which began the countdown of the five-day legal deadline for the prosecution to be presented or not.

"I plead with the president to meditate over the opportunity of such a gesture of greatness", said Cardoso.