Brazil's new government vows support for graft probe

Brazilian acting President Michel Temer (L) and his new Minister of Justice Alexandre de Moraes gesture during the inauguration ceremony of the new ministers at Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, on May 12, 2016Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s new justice minister pledged his “full support” for an explosive corruption investigation that has a host of top politicians in its sights, including several of his colleagues. Opponents of the new government installed by acting president Michel Temer have accused it of seeking to smother the anti-graft probe known as “Operation Car Wash,” which has uncovered a multi-billion-dollar embezzlement and bribery scheme centered on state oil company Petrobras. Temer, the former vice president, took power Thursday from his suspended boss-turned-nemesis, Dilma Rousseff, pending her impeachment trial on unrelated charges of cooking the government’s books.

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