Brazil's Temer Cancels G20 Attendance Amid Corruption Allegations

Rio DE JANEIRO (Alliance News) - Brazilian President Michel Temer has cancelled his attendance ...

Alliance News 29 June, 2017 | 6:54AM
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Rio DE JANEIRO (Alliance News) - Brazilian President Michel Temer has cancelled his attendance at next week's G20 meeting in Germany, local media reported on Wednesday, days after he was charged with corruption.

A statement from his office cited by local media gave no official reason for the cancellation, but media speculated that he would use the time to try and save his job.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot on Monday charged Temer with accepting bribes from JBS, the world's largest meat-packing company, in return for his intercession in its favour at the country's competition regulator, the CADE.

Earlier on Wednesday the Supreme Court approved the charges against the president, but the lower house of parliament must now take a vote on whether to try him.

Two thirds of the Chamber of Deputies would have to vote in favour of the move, or 342 lawmakers out of the total 513. Brazilian media speculated that Temer cancelled his trip to Hamburg in order to use the time to make sure he gets enough votes.

He has denied the allegations against him, calling them a "legal fiction".

Temer's most recent foreign trip to Norway was also difficult, with Prime Minister Erna Solberg openly criticizing him over the corruption case and for an increase in deforestation in the Amazon.

Temer also caused a stir by calling King Harald V the "King of Sweden".

The G20 meeting of leaders from the world's largest industrialized and emerging economies are meeting in Hamburg on July 7-8.

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