Brazilian President Michel Temer says he won’t be resigning over allegations that he endorsed hush money payments to a former ally, denying the charges in an address on TV.
A major newspaper in Brazil, O Globo, is reporting that Temer was caught on tape discussing bribery payments.
Temer has been in office for just over a year. He came to power as interim president after embattled former President Dilma Rousseff was suspended and impeached on charges of financial mismanagement.
At the same time, a massive corruption scandal involving the state oil company Petrobras was unfolding. Rousseff was not directly implicated; Temer, however, was accused of participating in the graft.
The new allegations of bribery are tied to that larger political crisis.
There were reports that Temer was planning to resign over the accusations, but instead, he gave a defiant speech, NPR’s Philip Reeves reports:
“Temer has weathered many crises during his short term in office, but this is by far the most serious. A leading newspaper says Temer was caught on tape endorsing…