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Friday, June 17, 2016

Brasil's Tourism Minister Resigns After Corruption Allegations

Brazil tourism minister resigns after corruption allegations

Brazil’s tourism minister has resigned just weeks before the country hosts the Olympics after he became the latest minister of interim President Michel Temer’s administration to be accused over the sweeping corruption scandal at oil company Petrobras.
Henrique Eduardo Alves stepped down on Thursday, according to the tourism ministry, after a former Petrobras executive accused him of lobbying for improper campaign donations. The accusations were published in a plea bargain released by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, writes Samantha Pearson.
Mr Alves is the third minister to leave Brazil’s new government after Mr Temer took over the presidency last month. Two other ministers have resigned over allegations they tried to obstruct the corruption probe. All three men have denied wrongdoing.
Mr Temer himself has also faced accusations this week that he solicited bribes – allegations he denies.