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Pressure piles on Brazil's President to resign

Brazil's President Michel Temer - AFP

Brazil's President Michel Temer - AFP

20/05/2017 18:50

Pressure is mounting from his coalition allies for Brazil`s President Michel Temer to resign amidst corruption allegations, which he denies.  

James Blears reports the opposition is demanding he step down and elections be brought forward. 

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The most damning evidence against President Michel Temer comes from Joesley Batista the owner of meat packing company JBS, who`s dishing this up  a plea bargin for himself.  An audio tape of the two men allegedly discusses payments of bribes to Eduardo Cunha, the ex Speaker of the House of Representatives, who`s now serving 15 years for money laundering and tax evasion. 

Batista says huge payments were made to Temer starting in 2010 in the guise of election contributions.  Temer denies any wrong doing and in a national broadcast he says he`s definitely staying put.  The opposition says they`re pushing for his impeachment. 

Temer became President after Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year, casting a long shadow over the Rio Olympics. 

20/05/2017 18:50