Brazil's president denies authorizing payments to silence politician

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

Earlier reports said Brazil's businessmen have provided a tape to the Supreme Court in which Temer allegedly authorizes a bribe to silence former Speaker of the House Eduardo Cunha, who had spearheaded the impeachment of ex-President Dilma Rousseff.

A demonstration calling for Mr Temer to resign was reported in the city of Sao Paulo on Wednesday evening. Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to an ex-lawmaker jailed for corruption.

It confirmed that a meeting with a JBS executive had taken place in March but said "there was nothing in the dialogue that would compromise the President's conduct".

A source with direct knowledge of the decision said that Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin approved the testimony of JBS Chairman Joesley Batista and its Chief Executive Wesley Batista.

Mr Temer's office says the allegations are false and is calling for them to be thoroughly investigated.

Despite his extreme unpopularity among Brazilian voters, Temer has maintained a broad majority in Congress, but analysts said public outrage over the scandal could change the political equation.

Temer's press representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

"The development thus substantially increases the risk of an unscheduled government change in Brazil before the 2018 general elections", Favaro told clients in a note.

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