Corruption claim engulfs new Brazil government

The Planning Minister in Brazil's interim government, Romero Juca, rejected a report that he wanted to halt a huge corruption probe centered on state oil company Petrobras in which he is one of the suspectsBrasília (AFP) – A leaked recording allegedly showing a minister plotting the impeachment of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff in order to derail a massive corruption probe put acting president Michel Temer under intense pressure Monday. The scandal threatened Temer just 11 days after taking power from Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency on May 12 by the Senate for the start of an impeachment trial on charges of breaking government accounting rules. Folha newspaper published what it said were excerpts of secretly taped conversations in March between Planning Minister Romero Juca and Sergio Machado, an ex-president of Transpetro oil company, both of whom have been accused in the probe.

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