Brazil to impeach president if corruption allegations prove accurate

Image copyright AFP Image caption The commission wants the president to resign A three-member group of Brazil’s top public security officials has voted in favour of recommending the president’s impeachment, and the Senate to…

Brazil to impeach president if corruption allegations prove accurate

Image copyright AFP Image caption The commission wants the president to resign

A three-member group of Brazil’s top public security officials has voted in favour of recommending the president’s impeachment, and the Senate to put him on trial.

Outgoing President Michel Temer set up the commission last week.

His centre-right government, which is unpopular, is facing a series of corruption allegations.

Mr Bolsonaro, who was elected by voters who have shown increasing anger at Mr Temer’s administration, has denied any wrongdoing.

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‘Bleeding public coffers’

He was democratically elected and has done nothing wrong, the head of Mr Bolsonaro’s evangelical party, Pastor Azevedo, told reporters after the commission voted.

The commission’s vote against its head as well as against Mr Temer does not mean the president will be impeached or removed from office immediately.

Mr Temer will now have two weeks to defend himself before the full National Senate.

Mr Bolsonaro has vowed not to resign if the Congress votes to impeach him.

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The latest accusations centre on corruption allegations surrounding Mr Bolsonaro’s running mate, Jair Bolsonaro, who has denied wrongdoing.

He faces several lawsuits from other politicians who have accused him of bribery.

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