Brazil's Temer Vows to Stay in Power as Political Crisis DeepensBy and
Temer says in speech that he won’t step down despite pressure
President accused of approving hush money for jailed ex-deputy
Brazil’s President Michel Temer said on Thursday he will not resign, adding that a full investigation by the Supreme Court would reveal his innocence on allegations of a cover-up.
"I will not step down," Temer said in a televised address at the presidential palace in Brasilia.
A local newspaper reported that he allegedly approved hush money for Eduardo Cunha, the former house speaker and mastermind behind last year’s impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.
Temer’s announcement caps a dramatic 24-hour period that included police searches at Brazil’s Congress and the top electoral court, spontaneous protests in the country’s main cities.