Brazil's Un-Elected President Embroiled In Largest Corruption Probe In Brazilian History

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Brazil's Un-Elected President Embroiled In Largest Corruption Probe In Brazilian History

Brazil's President Michel Temer urged lawmakers to carry on with business as usual on Wednesday, a day after a Supreme Court justice ordered corruption probes into almost 100 politicians, including leading lawmakers and a third of his cabinet.

The Odebrecht case is part of a wider corruption investigation, known as Car Wash, into bribery at state-owned oil company Petrobras, which contributed to the fall of former President Dilma Rousseff previous year and has reshaped Brazil's political landscape.

The accusations in Janot's list are based on a deluge of testimony given in connection with plea bargains struck with 77 former executives of the giant Odebrecht construction firm, which was at the heart of the Petrobras scheme.

As the list was made public, residents in the city of Sao Paulo banged pots and pans in protest against political corruption.

The Supreme Court would only be authorizing investigations and Temer has already said that he will not sack any minister who had not been formally charged with a crime.

Mr Temer's office declined to comment.

Numerous ministers have said they only received only legal contributions or that they hadn't seen the evidence against them.

Minister of the General Secretary of the Presidency of Brazil, Wellington Moreira Franco (C) attends a meeting of the Pension Reform Commission with Brazil's President Michel Temer at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, April 11, 2017.

The heads of both houses of Brazil's Congress are being targeted as well as senior politicians from both Mr Temer's ruling coalition and the opposition, including former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. In what reads like a who's who of Brazilian politics 108 people are on the list.

President Temer has "temporary immunity" from criminal investigation, as Brazilian Presidents can not be charged for crimes committed outside their term in office, Política Estadão reported.

(PSDB) and loser candidate in the elections of 2014, Aecio Neves, who as Juca has now five probes opened by Fachin.

Aides close to Temer have told Reuters that it could take months for ministers to be charged, meaning Padilha and other key cabinet members likely will stay in their posts long enough to secure the pension reform's passage.

The fourth former president noted in the testimonies, Fernando Collor de Mello, will continue in the Supreme Court, since Collor de Mello is now a senator in Brazil's Congress.

Local media have reported the testimony accuses dozens of politicians of taking bribes to help what was once Latin America's biggest builder win multi-million-dollar contracts with state-run oil company Petrobras.

The head of the Senate, Eunicio Oliveira, and the head of the lower house, Rodrigo Maia, have also been named.

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