It is the second set of criminal charges filed against President Michel Temer, based on the plea-bargain testimony of the owners of the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS SA.
The new investigation is based on a wiretapped conversation of a former Temer aide who discussed shaping the decree in return for bribes channelled from a port operator to the president.
A corruption scandal involving cartels of companies bribing officials for public contracts has enveloped most of Brazil’s political elite .
Small parties facing extinction opposed the vote threshold, which they said would favour larger established parties and hinder renewal of Brazil’s scandal-plagued political class.
Senator Renan Calheiros a harsh Temer critic, announced his resignation as party leader saying he would not back proposals that hurt Brazil’s workers.
Some 60,000 Brazilians are killed each year, accounting for 10% of all homicides worldwide. As terrorised voters look to authoritarian leaders to impose order, Brazil’s democracy hangs in the balance.
The ruling gives Michel Temer some breathing room but will not end a political crisis enveloping the beleaguered centre-right leader.
The decision is vital in the political future of Brazil where the prospect of having a second president ousted in one year has generated uncertainty.
In a surprise move, the environment ministry asked for bids to privatise federal deforestation satellite monitoring. Protests by experts stalled the measure for now.
He said he would not step down even if he was formally indicted in the corruption scandal by the Supreme Court, because to do so would be to admit to guilt.
Temer may have announced that he has no intentions of resigning, but with his coalition crumbling, his resignation may have to come in as soon as this week.
Lula, who is accused of leading Brazil’s biggest bribery scheme in connection with Petrobras, is already facing five separate trials on corruption charges.
Temer refused to resign till the incriminating recording was verified, despite a probe authorised by the Supreme Court into allegations that he took bribes.
President Michel Temer, fighting against corruption allegations against him and his government, is planning new measures to jump start Brazil’s economy.
Calheiros was indicted for billing the Senate for car rentals with false contracts.
Protesters jeered Temer as he participated in the county’s Independence Day parade in Brasilia and the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.