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Third Brazil minister resigns over bribery scandal

Brazilian Minister of Tourism Henrique Eduardo Alves, a member of Temer's center-right PMDB party, submitted his resignation on June 16, 2016, after a key witness accused him of accepting 1.5 million reals diverted from state oil company PetrobrasBrasília (AFP) – Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer lost the third cabinet member of his month-old administration to a corruption scandal when his tourism minister resigned Thursday after being accused of taking bribes. Tourism minister Henrique Eduardo Alves announced his resignation after a key witness accused him of accepting 1.5 million reals (around $445,000) diverted from state oil company Petrobras. Temer and Alves were among some 20 politicians named in the latest batch of allegations by Sergio Machado, the former chief executive of Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro.

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