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Corruption twist boosts Brazil's 'president in waiting'

The impeachment case against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rests on accusations in Congress that she illegally manipulated government budget accountsBrasília (AFP) – An explosive new twist in Brazil’s corruption and impeachment crisis has weakened President Dilma Rousseff days before her probable suspension from office and strengthened the man likely to replace her. The probe into a vast corruption network centered on state oil giant Petrobras has already sucked in dozens of figures from the country’s political and business elite. A request by chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot for the Supreme Court to authorize an investigation into Rousseff, Lula and other close allies of the president was reported late Tuesday in Brazilian media but had yet to be confirmed by officials.

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