“I will resign,” insisted the head of State Michel Temer during a televised speech in Brasilia, declaring that he had “bought the silence of a person”, while the newspaper O Globo revealed on Wednesday a record in which he gives his consent to bribes to silence a former member of parliament.
Michel Temer was trying to hang on to its mandate .
Brazil’s supreme Court has given its green light to an investigation.
The judge of the STF Edson Fachin “has decided to open an investigation against the president Micher Temer”, based on the confessions of a business owner who has registered the head of State giving his consent to the payment of bribes, said the State agency Agencia Brasil.
Several searches have been launched, in the early hours of the day in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, after revelations of O Globo. Published on the eve on the website of the daily newspaper, they have the effect of a bomb.
Many opposition parties have immediately asked for the resignation of the conservative president. Dozens of protesters marching in the street with cries of “Temer”out.”
“I will resign,” insisted Michel Temer during a televised speech in Brasilia, declaring that he had “bought the silence of the person”. It was, however, cancelled all appointments of the day to respond to the crisis was brewing.
Bribes against silence
According to the newspaper, the president was saved by a business leader in giving its agreement to the payment of bribes to buy the silence of Eduardo Cunha, the former head of the chamber of deputies. The man is now in prison for his involvement in the mega-corruption scandal Petrobras.
In the investigations, Mr. Cunha was accused of having concealed a $ 1.5 million on secret accounts in Switzerland. He was sentenced at the end of march to fifteen years in prison.
A sign of deep anxiety, the trading session has been suspended after a fall of more than 10% of the main index of the brazilian and almost 6% of the Real opening.
Anticipating the panic of investors, the central Bank of Brazil had quickly published a press release in which it provides “closely monitor the situation and act to maintain the orderly functioning of markets”.
The serious political crisis in the country is exacerbated by a historic recession. The current government is trying to reverse through unpopular austerity measures, including the reform of the pension system. Its approval by parliament is likely to be affected by this new scandal.
A senator suspended
The police raids on Thursday morning targeted several properties of the senator Aécio Neves (center-right), the unfortunate candidate in the last presidential election, also targeted by a record compromising cited by O Globo. According to the brazilian media, his term as a senator was suspended by the Supreme Court and the attorney general has requested his arrest.
In 2014, Mr. Neves had lost by a short margin in the second round of the presidential election in the face of Dilma Rousseff (left) re-elected for a second term. It has then been destitute in August 2016, for makeup of the public accounts.
It has been replaced, until the end of the mandate at the end of 2018, by Michel Temer, who was his vice-president. The left-wing activists accuse him of having orchestrated a “coup”, especially with Eduardo Cunha, to take power.
It is precisely the former chief of the deputies, sometimes compared to Frank Underwood, the hero manipulator of the american series “House of Cards”, that may precipitate indirectly in his fall.
O Globo reveals that Mr. Temer met on march 7, Joesley Batista, one of the owners of the group J&F, which controls the giant meat JBS. Mr. Batista was recorded secretly while he was explaining to the head of State that he was paying sums of money to Eduardo Cunha to buy his silence.
“You have to maintain it (bribes)”, said the president Temer, without knowing that he was being trapped by the record of his interlocutor. The journal reveals that Joesley Batista has also delivered to authorities in another record in which Mr. Neves would have asked for 2 million réais (approximately 622’000 chf approximately) pots-de-vins.
The company, JBS was already the headlines in march, for his involvement in a scandal of spoiled meat. The world’s top exporter of meat, Brazil had faced a embargo in whole or in part from a score of countries, with hard negotiations on the key to getting the progressive reopening of markets. (afp/nxp)
Created: 18.05.2017, 21h46