Brazil: Opposition Pushes To Oust Coup President For Graft

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BRAZIL’S unelected president Michel Temer faces calls for impeachment over his alleged role in the latest corruption scandal to hit the government.

The Workers Party (PT), the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) and the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) called on Congress to depose Mr Temer on Sunday.

And protesters gathered in Brazil’s largest city Sao Paulo to demand his overthrow and the end of his government’s austerity policies, including a bill to freeze public spending for the next 20 years.

Impeachment would be an ironic end to Mr Temer’s presidency, which formally began on August 31 when elected PT President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in a “legislative coup.”

The allegations against Mr Temer surfaced last week when culture minister Marcelo Calero resigned, alleging Mr Temer had encouraged him to circumvent planning laws for a luxury development in a historic conservation area of the city of Salvador.

Legislative Affairs Minister Geddel Vieira Lima, who Mr Calero said pressured him to approve the project, resigned while insisting on his innocence.