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POSTED | 17:44 PM | 19-05-2017

Brazilian president fights for survival

Brazilian President Michel Temer fought back against growing calls for his resignation on Friday (May 19, 2017) after bombshell graft allegations left him depending on congressional allies for survival, AFP reported.

The center-right president was holed up at the presidential palace and was scheduled to meet later in the day with his defense minister Raul Jungmann and military commanders in an apparent show of authority despite the crisis.

But Temer, who just a few days ago was celebrating his claim to have begun lifting Brazil from a punishing recession, is now hanging on by his fingernails.

A secretly recorded conversation between Temer and a business executive purports to show the president approving payment of hush money to former lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha, who is in prison after being convicted of bribe-taking.

The allegation was first published by Brazil’s powerful Globo media organization and on Thursday, the Supreme Court opened a formal investigation.

Temer angrily insisted on national television that he will not resign. However, opponents piled on the pressure, with eight impeachment requests filed in Congress.

Late on Thursday, he expressed confidence that he can keep his congressional alliance together, preventing impeachment proceedings.

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