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Former Brazilian president Temer arrested on corruption charges

BRAZIL’S former president Michel Temer was arrested on corruption charges yesterday as part of the Operation Car Wash investigation targeting politicians and business leaders.

The former lawyer of the right-wing MDB party is being investigated on 10 counts of corruption, five of which concern crimes allegedly committed while he was president. 

Mr Temer took office in 2016 in an administrative coup that ousted Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party from power.

Many saw the coup as paving the way for the arrest and 12-year prison sentence handed out to Ms Rousseff’s popular predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the subsequent election of far-right reactionary Jair Bolsonaro in a vote Lula was barred from contesting.

Mr Temer’s arrest was expected after he lost his immunity from prosecution after leaving office in 2018.

Brazil’ s Congress voted narrowly in 2017 to block a corruption trial against Mr Temer. The lower house’s approval is needed for charges to be filed against a sitting president.

He was detained in Sao Paulo yesterday morning and will be flown to Rio de Janeiro, where he will be charged.

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