Brazil: Brazil’s president to block any corruption amnesty

Author(s): UNK | Date: November 28, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/iOzGfG | Type: Text

Brazil’s President Michel Temer, together with congressional leaders, vowed on Sunday (Nov 27) to block any attempt by legislators to grant themselves a corruption amnesty as he sought to defuse a series of scandals.
In a rare weekend news conference, the president sought to reassure Brazilians that he is fighting corruption among the political elite and working to restore an economy that he predicted will see an upturn in the second quarter of 2017.
Temer – a centre-right veteran politician who took power after the bruising impeachment of his leftist predecessor Dilma Rousseff – has stated his mission is to save Brazil from its worst recession and corruption scandal in decades.
However, the country’s would-be saviour is now beset by controversy himself just as the Senate prepares to vote Tuesday on a 20-year spending freeze that would be the first of several deep reforms billed as measures to restore the economy’s health.

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