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Brazil: Temer Government Faces Barrage of Scandals, Protests

Brazilian President Michel Temer’s corruption-plagued government — installed in power last year through an ill-footed impeached process widely condemned as a parliamentary coup — is facing its greatest scandal yet after a wiretap recording revealed the president had endorsed bribery payments to a powerful witness to keep him from testifying in government corruption cases.

Now, Temer increasingly is under pressure to resign or face an impeachment process, plunging the already highly unpopular executive deeper into crisis amid widespread calls for early elections to select a new president democratically.

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Scandal Serves Blow to Temer
 

Brazil's Temer Defies Calls to Step Down over Wiretap Scandal

The unelected president announced he will not resign in the face of the biggest scandal to hit his crisis-ridden government yet. READ MORE

Brazil's Top Court Approves Investigation into Temer After Damning Wiretap

The president is set to face an investigation for appearing to approve secret payments to a witness. READ MORE

Brazil's Temer Endorsed Bribes to Cunha for His Silence 

Temer approved of monthly payments that Eduardo Cunha was receiving to remain silent. READ MORE

Corruption Allegations Pile Up

 

Brazil: Top Court Investigates 100+ Politicians Over Corruption

Eight ministers appointed by President Michel Temer, including his Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha, are under investigation. READ MORE

Brazil Court Targets 8 Temer Ministers, Dozens of Other Politicians in Corruption Probe

Several top allies of the unelected president, including nearly one third of his cabinet, are in the spotlight for fraud. READ MORE

Brazil Court Launches Trial that Could Boot Temer from Office

If Michel Temer is removed as president, it would mark the second transition of a government in Brazil in less than one year. READ MORE

Social Movements Fight Back

 

Brazil's Social Movements Prepare 'Popular Emergency Plan' 

Brazil's Popular Front, which gathers social movements, political parties and trade unions, has outlined 10 key proposals. READ MORE

Brazilians Fight for Democracy as Right-Wing Elites Clench Power

The vast majority of Brazilians favor direct elections to choose a new president — a route the country's elites want to avoid. READ MORE

Rousseff Says Brazil Will Return to Democracy in 2018 with Lula

Deposed President Dilma Rousseff expressed hope about the future of the South American nation with another democratically-elected government. READ MORE

 
  • Riot police set up cordons around the modernistic Congress building where lawmakers met to discuss a post-Temer transition should the president resign or be ousted by one of Brazil

    Riot police set up cordons around the modernistic Congress building where lawmakers met to discuss a post-Temer transition should the president resign or be ousted by one of Brazil's top courts. | Photo Reuters

  • Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia.

    Riot police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia. | Photo Reuters

  • Demonstrator reacts after injuring his head during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia

    Demonstrator reacts after injuring his head during a protest against President Michel Temer and the latest corruption scandal to hit the country, in Brasilia | Photo Reuters

  • Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil

    Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2017. The sign reads: | Photo Reuters

  • Ambulances arrived on the scene to treat an unknown number of injured.

    Ambulances arrived on the scene to treat an unknown number of injured. | Photo EFE

  • Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil

    Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 18, 2017. The sign reads: | Photo Reuters

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