“I have been charged with taking bribes without ever having received a cent… I’ve never seen any of that money and I have never taken part in planning to commit any crimes.”
President Michel Temer was formally charged by Brazil’s top federal prosecutor claiming “he fooled Brazil’s citizens”, deepening his political woes.
Brazil’s labour force which was already hurting due to recession was dealt a severe blow by its own government’s participation in flexibilisation of labour laws in order to further reduce labour costs.
The prosecutor claims it is to weaken Temer’s defense in the corruption case with JBS meatpackers, accusations he continues to deny.
According to plea-bargain testimonies Brazilian President Michel Temer allegedly took bribes to dole out political favours to a large meatpacking company.
As the law now stands, it is up to federal prosecutors to hammer out the details of plea bargains. Opening the possibility that defence lawyers could ask the top court to decide on the terms would slow down the speed at which such agreements are made.
The allegations are based on plea-bargain testimony from JBS SA executives, who say they paid Temer at least $4.6 million in bribes.
India, along with other BRICS nations hammered out a future roadmap for security, cooperation and exchange in Beijing this week.
A Brazilian teenager accused of theft had “thief” and “scum” tattooed to his forehead despite his protestations of innocence, while social media cheered on the vigilantism.
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.
In a surprise move, the environment ministry asked for bids to privatise federal deforestation satellite monitoring. Protests by experts stalled the measure for now.
Temer’s coalition allies are divided on whether it is best to dump the damaged president quickly or to keep him for the sake of an economic recovery.
A 2009 law requires that at least 30% of the funds received by each school be devoted to buying food produced by local family farms, leading to new school feeding programmes emerging in the region.
Domestically, Brazil is a mess. Now, its foreign policy is in crisis, too, landing a staggering one-two punch to this one-time rising star.
The presidential palace in its short written statement gave no reason for the appointment of Torquato Jardim as the new justice minister.
Police unleashed volleys of tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to halt tens of thousands of protesters as they marched towards Congress to call for Temer’s ouster.
President Temer’s fight to continue as president will drain resources and delay Brazil’s efforts to stabilise its economy.
Brazilian soap operas are wildly popular in Angola, influencing women’s fashion and creating business opportunity for thousands of female entrepreneurs.
Brazil’s political crisis is spiralling to a new level amid the release of recordings that allegedly caught the president authorising a bribe. Fixing this mess will take more than a personnel change.
The release of the plea-bargain testimony by Brazil’s top court raises serious doubts about whether Michel Temer can maintain his grip on the presidency.
The investigation raised the possibility of Brazil seeing a second president fall in less than a year, with Brazilian financial markets tumbling on doubts.
The case is a potential threat to Temer, who could be tossed from office depending on the full Supreme Electoral Court’s ruling.
The measure, aimed at curbing social security benefits, needs to be approved twice by two-third of the lawmakers in both chambers of Congress.
The legacy and political future of Brazil’s first working-class president are on the line as Lula faces one of the five criminal cases against him.
Growing unemployment caused by the neoliberal onslaught by a government that lacks legitimacy has prompted ordinary Brazilians to take to the streets.
Violent confrontations between farmers and indigenous tribes claiming ancestral land have become more intense in recent years in Brazil.
Brazilian courts have already sentenced Dirceu in two separate trials to 32 years in jail on corruption, money-laundering and conspiracy charges.
Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by Brazilian President Temer, who enjoys a substantial legislative majority and support from businesses, despite sinking popularity.
Unions called the strike to voice anger at President Michele Temer’s efforts to push austerity measures through Congress that would weaken labour laws.
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If successful, the protest would mark Brazil’s first general strike in more than two decades and could be the biggest ever strike in the history of Brazil.
If the Bill becomes a law, prosecutors could be punished with up to six months suspension for collecting evidence illegally without judicial authorisation.
A demonstration in Brazil by the indigenous people against farmers’ encroachment on reservations turned violent after the police blocked some of the protestors.
Palocci has offered details on Operation Car Wash, which had unravelled a bribery scheme at top level Brazilian politics and is an ongoing investigation.
The 27 Brazil federal police unions behind the protest said the proposed pension reform Bill fails to reward the risk involved in police work.
The ministers under investigation include close advisers such as Temer’s chief of staff Eliseu Padilha, considered key to negotiations on a landmark pension reform to rein in government spending and runaway public debt.
The changes ceded by Temer could reduce the savings the government expected with the reform to cut some of the world’s most generous pension benefits.
The decision goes back to March, when Brazil’s top public prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to open 83 investigations into senior politicians based on the Odebrecht employees’ testimony.
The delay plays into what Michel Temer’s aides have outlined as a defence strategy that centres on dragging the case out through 2018.
Brazil’s top prosecutor wants to investigate senior ministers in President Michel Temer’s cabinet and senators from his PMDB party for corruption.