• Brazil president’s ally resigns in corruption scandal

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    BRASÍLIA: A prominent Brazilian government minister resigned on Friday (Saturday in Manila) in a corruption scandal reportedly implicating President Michel Temer. Government secretary Geddel Vieira Lima is the sixth minister to quit in Latin America’s biggest country since Temer took office in May. It’s the latest development in a string of scandals that has snared numerous top politicians and threatens to engulf the conservative president himself. He has denied wrongdoing. Brazilian newspapers reported another ex-minister telling police that Temer had pressured him to intervene in a business deal involving Vieira Lima. Former culture minister Marcelo Calero said Temer and Vieira Lima asked him to approve a building project in the northeastern seaside city of Salvador de Bahia, where Vieira Lima has an apartment, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper said.

    AFP

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