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Brazil: explosive recordings implicate President Michel Temer in bribery

Street protests and calls for impeachment as attorneys are handed videotapes at the end of the debates about hush-money payments to incarcerated powerbroker Eduardo Cunha

Angry crowds and outraged each member of Brazils congress have demanded the impeachment of President Michel Temer following reports he was secretly recorded considering hush money pay-offs to a jailed associate.

The videotapes were submitted to attorneys as part of a plea bargain by Joesley and Wesley Batista, brothers who operate the countrys biggest meat-packing firm JBS, according to O Globo newspaper.

They are said to contain exchanges that incriminate several producing legislators, including the former presidential candidate Aecio Neves and the former finance minister Guido Mantega.

Temer is alleged to have talked with Joesley about money payments to Eduardo Cunha, the other speakers of the House who has been jailed for his role in the sprawling Petrobras corruption scandal.

Cunha is in the same ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement party as Temer and originated the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff that allowed him to take over the presidency. He has alluded to the many secrets he knows about his former colleagues.

In covert registers made during two exchanges in March, Joesley tells Temer he is paying Cunha to continued him quiet, to which the president allegedly responds: You have to keep it going, OK?

According to Globo, police likewise have audio and video evidence that Temers aide Rocha Loures negotiated bribes worth 500,000 reais( US $160,000) a week for 20 years in return for helping JBS overcome a problem with the monopolies commission.

Planalto, the presidential palace, issued a statement denying the amount claimed: President Michel Temer never solicited payments to procure the stillnes of former deputy Eduardo Cunha. He neither participated nor authorised any activity with the objective of preventing testimonies or its collaboration with justice officials by the parliamentarian.

No audio or transcripts were released. The supreme court of the united states has refused to comment on the coming into force of the alleged leakage but the news has enraged the public. Shouts and pot-banging( a traditional kind of complain in Latin America) could be heard when the allegations were aired on Tv. Crowds likewise met outside the presidential palace chanting Fora Temer( Temer out ). Two congressmen submitted impeachment motions in the lower house.

Politics is likely to become more paralysed even before the most recent asserts Temers administration was in crisis. Three of his ministers have been forced to resign and eight others are implicated in the lava jato ( vehicle clean) corruption investigation. The presidents acceptance ratings have fallen to single digits, the economy remains mired in recession and antagonists recently organised a general strike in protest at his austerity the development of policies and proposed amendments to pension, labour and environmental laws. The possible of Brazil unseating another president has moved closer, though the ruling alliance has a large majority in Congress.

The JBS charges likewise threaten one of his most powerful allies. Joesely Batista is said to have recorded senator and former presidential candidate Aecio Neves of the centre-right Brazilian Social Democratic party requesting two million reais in bribes. According to Globo federal police filmed the pay to the senators cousin. The money was then tracked to a bank account of a company are subordinate to Zeze Perrella, who love Neves is a PSDB senator from Minas Gerais.

It is not the first time Perrella has been linked to violation. In 2013 a helicopter are subordinate to his son Gustavo was confiscated by police with 445 kilos of cocaine on board. Simply the captain was arrested.

None of the major parties searches set to emerge unscathed from the plea bargain by JBS. Guido Mantega, finance minister in the last Workers party government, has also allegedly been accused to accepting cash in return for lobbying on behalf of the members of JBS with the Brazilian National Development Bank.

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