Top Brazilian musicians join call for a new president

Ruben Hill
May 30, 2017

Jardim was appointed to the post on Sunday by Temer, who himself is under investigation for alleged obstruction of justice and corruption.

Top Brazilian musical performers are lending their talents to the latest protest in the country calling for new presidential elections. according to the AP, pressure is mounting for the country's president michel temer to resign amid corruption allegations. Temer denies wrongdoing and has vowed not to resign. The unpopular president has seen his support in Congress shrink amid growing pressures for him to step down.

The association of Brazil's federal police investigators is expressing concerns about how a newly picked justice minister will handle anti-corruption investigations.

Serraglio, a lawyer with nearly two decades of experience in the country's parliament, is affiliated with the Brazilian Democratic Movement led by Temer, and was appointed to his previous position last February. The Justice Ministry oversees Brazil's federal police, which along with federal prosecutors, has been leading the probes. Critics said the move was aimed at putting Temer's long-time friend Torquato Jardim in the crucial justice minister position.

Mr Temer announced changes in his Cabinet on Sunday, switching the transparency minister to justice minister and vice versa. Employees in several offices of the Transparency Ministry put up signs and banners protesting Serraglio getting that post.

Some Brazilians consider his presidency illegitimate because of Rousseff's ouster, and many people are angry over his push to pass a series of economic changes, including capping government spending, loosening labor laws and reducing pension benefits. Jereissati said his party will decide whether to break away from Temer after the country's top electoral court rules on whether the 2014 campaign of Rousseff and Temer received illegal financing. The justice also said it wouldn't be surprising if one of the members of the court chose to review the case, which would stop the sessions for an undefined amount of time.

The political uncertainty has worsened projections for the Brazilian economy, which is mired in its worst recession in decades.

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