Corruption scandal throws Brazil's interim government into disarray

Brazilian acting President Michel Temer (C), Senate's President Renan Calheiros (R) and Planning Minister Romero Juca are pictured at the National Congress in Brasilia on May 23, 2016Brasília (AFP) – Acting Brazilian president Michel Temer’s government faced its first major crisis Monday when a key minister stepped aside following a leaked recording in which he appears to discuss using the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff to derail a huge corruption probe. Planning Minister Romero Juca said in a hurried appearance before television cameras that he would step aside starting Tuesday. 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.

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