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Brazil's President denies report he approved "bribe payment"

May 18, 2017, 7:57 AM EDT
Brazil's President Michel Temer
(Source: Michel Temer/flickr)

Brazil’s President Michel Temer has rejected the allegations that he authorized hush money payment to keep politician Eduardo Cunha from testifying in connection with a massive corruption scandal at state oil firm Petrobras.

Recently, O Globo newspaper claimed that it has an audio recording of Temer discussing shady payments with a senior businessman, a revelation that brought the opposition and protesters to the streets in Sao Paulo and Brasilia, writes the BBC.

The embezzlement scandal at Petrobras has engulfed a number of top politicians and businessmen in the country but this is the first time where the president has been directly dragged into the rut. About a third of Temer’s cabinet is embroiled in the corruption but the president’s involvement comes as a big jolt for “the scandal-weary nation,” notes Al Jazeera.