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Temer Hit With New Charges Just as Brazil Glimpses Recovery

  • President accused of obstruction of justice, conspiracy
  • Congress to decide if Temer goes on trial at Supreme Court
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Brazil’s President Michel Temer has been hit with a second set of criminal charges, as corruption allegations continue to plague his scandal-tainted administration.

Chief public prosecutor Rodrigo Janot on Thursday formally accused Temer of obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy, saying he and several of his closest aides took kickbacks worth 587 million reais ($188 million) from government contracts, the prosecutors’ office said in an email. In a statement the presidential press office said that Janot had "accepted false and lying testimony" and that his team ought to be investigated. It added that the president was "certain that, at the end of all this process, the truth will prevail".