Brazil: Brazil’s Temer wins a breather in corruption crisis

Author(s): UNK | Date: May 22, 2017 | Language: English
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Brazil’s embattled President Michel Temer won a reprieve Sunday (May 21) when a key coalition partner delayed a decision on whether to abandon him over an explosive corruption scandal.
Street protests called by leftist groups around the country also appeared to have had only a modest impact, further easing the sense of intense crisis for the center-right president.
Temer has been fighting for his political life since being placed under investigation for allegedly obstructing a corruption probe by paying hush money to jailed former speaker of the house Eduardo Cunha. Temer is also accused of taking millions of reais in bribes.
On Sunday, the key ally to his centre-right PMDB party, the PSDB social democrats, had been set to decide whether to withdraw – potentially dealing the government of Latin America’s biggest country a death blow.