The President of Brazil Michel Temer, who led the country in late summer of this year, is accused of pressure on the Cabinet of Ministers and of involvement in corruption. The head of state allegedly asked the now former Minister of culture to help another government official with a private business deal.
The former head of the Ministry of culture of Brazil Marcelo Calero stated that Temer asked him to allow the construction of luxury housing in the historic district of Salvador, located in the Eastern part of the country on the Atlantic coast. The land, which was intended to be an apartment that belongs to the Secretary of state for Cabinet Affairs of the office of the President Geddel Vieira Lima, reports BBC.
Last week, Calero resigned. Previously, he blocked a development project. The Ministry Calero vetoed the construction of luxury housing in El Salvador on the grounds that the site selected for the building, belongs to the cultural heritage. The ex-Minister of culture told the police that Temer and is involved in the transaction, the Minister had put pressure on him to abolish the decision of the Ministry of culture.
President Temer rejects all the accusations. At the same time the head of state confirmed that he had discussed with the former Minister of culture of the construction project of luxury housing in El Salvador.
Earlier this week, the ethics Committee decided to start an investigation against Lima even before it became known about the involvement in the scandal of the President of Brazil. Despite calls to send the Secretary to the government to resign, Temer said that the officer will retain his post.
Once in the presidential chair, Temer promised to clean up Brazil against corruption, but has already lost three Ministers over allegations of involvement in corruption schemes. For less than six months in power, this is the second corruption scandal involving the government of Temer, reminiscent of the business correspondent in South America Daniel Gallas.
While many in Brazil still question the legitimacy of the new President to power. Temer became President of Brazil on 31 August, following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, who was removed from office because of charges of corruption and campaign financing for the President’s re-election at the expense of public funds. The resignation of the head of state provoked mass protests by her supporters.
In mid-may, the Brazilian Senate voted to suspend the powers of Rousseff for six months and continued against her impeachment. The acting head of state in this period was Temer, who formed a new government.
This time, said Gallas, the scandal directly implicated the President himself. The government argues that Calero allegedly misunderstood the content of some of the conversations and none of them he had not exerted pressure. But critics wonder why the Temer needed to tell him the details of a private transaction of one of its key allies. Meanwhile, the opposition is already talking about ousting the new President, like his predecessor.
The Chairman of the Party of the Brazilian democratic movement Michel Temer from 1 January 2011 was Vice President of the country. In connection with the scandal around Rousseff, he was appointed acting head of state.
He began his career in Sao Paulo after graduating from the law faculty at the local University. In 1983, Temer was appointed attorney-General of the city, then headed the Secretariat for public security in the Prefecture.
From 1987 to 2010 Temer six times he was elected Deputy from the state of são Paulo. Moreover, from 1997 to 2001 and from 2009 to 2010 he was the speaker of the chamber of deputies. Since 2001 Temer heads the Party of Brazilian democratic movement. 17 Dec 2010 Temer had to leave the chamber of deputies in connection with his election as Vice-President.
After Temer became acting President of Brazil, the staff of Wikileaks declaredthat the politician had previously collaborated with the Council of national security of the United States and gave Americans political information. “The new Brazilian President Temer provided residnetial political Council of national security of the United States and the American military”, – stated in the message of Wikileaks.
Experts called the Temer “Embassy informant”. In the portal content from January 2006, it was reported that Temer as President of the Party of the Brazilian democratic movement expressed their views on the situation in the party and future presidential elections, representatives of the US government.