Brazilian President Temer refuses to resign despite SC orders probe

Friday 19 May 2017 a week ago 30   Brasilia   Print

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Report  Web desk : BRASILIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer defiantly said he would not resign from office despite a Supreme Court decision authorizing an investigation into allegations he condoned bribery of a potential witness in a major corruption probe. The president is absolutely convinced he committed no crime, but that has to be made clear to the eyes of everyone, a top presidential aide told. I know what I have done and I know the correctness of my actions, Temer said in a press conference, adding he will demand a full and rapid investigation into the matter. Temer remarks come one day after news reports revealed Temer was recorded in March having a conversation with Joesley Batista, the chairman of JBS, Brazilian largest meatpacker. During the conversation, Batista allegedly told Temer that JBS was paying former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, a once powerful member of Temer ruling party who was expelled from the government in September, for his silence to which Temer was recorded saying, You need to keep that up. (01)