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Brazilian President Says He Won’t Resign Over Hush Money Allegations

Brazilian President Michel Temer delivers a debate during a Palacio do Planalto in Brasilia, Brazil, on May 12. On Thursday he denied allegations of crime and deserted calls for his resignation.

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Brazilian President Michel Temer says he won’t be resigning over allegations that he permitted hush income payments to a former ally, denying a charges in an residence on TV.

A vital journal in Brazil, O Globo, is stating that Temer was held on fasten deliberating temptation payments.

Temer has been in bureau for only over a year. He came to energy as halt boss after embattled former President Dilma Rousseff was dangling and impeached on charges of financial mismanagement.

At a same time, a large crime liaison involving a state oil association Petrobras was unfolding. Rousseff was not directly implicated; Temer, however, was indicted of participating in a graft.

The new allegations of temptation are tied to that incomparable domestic crisis.

There were reports that Temer was formulation to renounce over a accusations, though instead, he gave a daring speech, NPR’s Philip Reeves reports:

“Temer has weathered many crises during his brief tenure in office, though this is by distant a many serious. A heading journal says Temer was held on fasten endorsing payments to buy a overpower of a former fan held adult in Brazil’s large ‘Car Wash’ crime investigation.

“The news sent bonds into a tailspin, amid financier fears that Temer will now be incompetent to lift by his prolonged skeleton to renovate grant and labor laws — and lift Brazil’s economy out of low recession.

“Temer denies wrongdoing, though his domestic support is ebbing, and his ratings are in singular figures. The latest liaison is being met with a carol of voices job on him to mount down, or face impeachment.”

Instead, Temer pronounced he skeleton to quarrel a charges.

“I will not resign. we know what we have done,” he said, according to a BBC translation. “I never certified any payments for someone to be silent. we did not buy anyone’s silence. we fear no accusations.”

The Guardian describes a accusations published in O Globo in some-more detail. They core on tapes that came to light by a defence discount by brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, businessmen in a meatpacking industry, a journal writes:

“Temer is purported to have talked with Joesley about money payments to Eduardo Cunha, a former orator of a House who has been jailed for his purpose in a sprawling Petrobras crime scandal. …

“In growth recordings done during dual conversations in March, Joesley tells Temer he is profitable Cunha to keep him quiet, to that a boss allegedly replies: ‘You have to keep it going, OK?’ “

“According to Globo, military also have audio and video justification that Temer’s help Rocha Loures negotiated bribes value 500,000 [reals] (US$160,000) a week for 20 years in lapse for assisting JBS overcome a problem with a satisfactory trade office.”