The chief Federal Prosecutor of Brazil’s Rodrigo Janot filed charges against the country’s President Michel Temer of bribery, reports Reuters.
The prosecution submitted to the Supreme court. According to Brazilian legislation, the lower chamber of Congress must now vote whether to allow the court to begin hearings on the case of the President.
This charge is expected to be the first in a series of alleged episodes of corruption against an extremely unpopular leader of the country, the Agency said.
The coalition of Temer, meanwhile, are sure to have the proper number of deputies that the President’s opponents failed to gain the two-thirds majority in Parliament required to continue the trial.
Previously Temer managed to avoid accusations of illegal financing of the presidential campaign of Dilma Rousseff in 2014.
Political crisis in Brazil broke out after the recording appeared, which Temer supposedly discusses “buying the silence” of former speaker of the house, Eduardo Cunha. Temer denies the accusation. The country erupted into mass protests.
Michel Temer, who had been Vice President, became head of state after the impeachment of Rousseff. On 31 August the Senate authorized her removal from office for financial irregularities. It is assumed that Temer will govern the country until January 1, 2019, when the was supposed to expire presidential term, Rousseff.