Protestors Demand the Resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer

Marsha Scott
May 28, 2017

On Friday, former Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa added his voice to the anti-Temer tide, tweeting: "There is not another way out: Brazilians must organize, go to the streets and demand with strength the immediate resignation of Michel Temer".

The recording appears to have Temer endorsing the payment of bribes to ex-House Speaker Eduardo Cunha in exchange for his silence.

In one plea bargain released as part of the tribunal's document dump, Mr Temer is accused of taking 1.5 million United States dollars in bribes.

The revelations have badly eroded political support for Temer's measures to spur economic recovery, including overhauls to Brazil's labor and social security regulations.

But without explanation, the PSDB meeting was canceled.

"Temer himself said that if one of his ministers were to be investigated, he resigns".

Opponents seeking Temer's ouster filed eight separate impeachment requests on Thursday.

In Rio de Janeiro, protests were smaller than expected.

But Temer - who took over only a year ago after the impeachment of leftist president Dilma Rousseff - already faces growing calls for his resignation and new elections.

Legal experts and some of Temer's political allies said his determination to fight corruption allegations could prolong a political crisis for months.

In a statement, the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (OAB) said that its federal council decided on Sunday to call for Temer's impeachment and urged the Chamber of Deputies to begin the process, Xinhua news agency reported.

Whereas the 11.2 billion reais sought by prosecutors would represent a penalty equal to over 5 percent of the group's total revenue past year, J&F countered with an offer of just 1 billion reais, or about 0.5 percent of 2016 revenues.

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Temer's chief strategy is to prevent his coalition's disintegration while fighting the investigation in the Supreme Court.

Brasilia is buzzing with speculation over whether the parties in his ruling coalition will decide to jump from a sinking ship or instead rally around Temer.

Temer took over automatically from Rousseff without an election and his reforms package - praised by economists and investors, but hated by ordinary Brazilians - has made him hugely unpopular.

The PSDB has four ministers, 47 lower house deputies and 10 senators.

The tipping point could come as early as Wednesday. He asked the Supreme Court to suspend its investigation until the recording's integrity could be verified. If the court rules that the probe continue as planned, mass desertion could follow.

A decision by the country's top electoral court to annul the 2014 election results and ultimately force Temer out of office could also be months away and is open to appeals.

Temer's crisis is connected to the enormous corruption investigation know as "Car Wash" that has upended Brazilian politics.

Scores of politicians have been indicted or subjected to probes into alleged bribe-taking and embezzlement, with Temer only the latest and highest-profile to be pulled into the maelstrom.

At the heart of his problems is the conversation he had with an executive from the JBS meat-packing business in which the president allegedly blesses monthly payments of hush money to Cunha.

And Cunha, formerly one of the most powerful insiders in Congress, has always been rumoured to have threatened to spill secrets on other politicians to prosecutors.

Temer has defied calls to resign, saying a leaked recording purportedly implicating him in corruption was doctored and denying any wrongdoing.

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