Brazil's Temer hurries defence against corruption charge

2017-07-06 11:25
New Brazilian President Michel Temer before the start of the plenary session of the Brazilian Senate. (Andressa Anholete/AFP)

New Brazilian President Michel Temer before the start of the plenary session of the Brazilian Senate. (Andressa Anholete/AFP)

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Sao Paulo - Brazilian President Michel Temer has quickly presented to lawmakers his legal defence against corruption allegations in a move seen as a bid to avoid being suspended from office and put on trial.

Temer's lawyer submitted the defence on Wednesday, the second day of congressional commission proceedings to consider the matter. That was eight days ahead of deadline.

Allies of the embattled president want a quick vote on the issue in hopes of putting an end to the political uncertainty this month.

Temer's adversaries favour a more drawn-out process with ample time for any more damaging information to emerge, figuring it improves their prospects of winning over votes against the president.

Brazil's top prosecutor accuses Temer of accepting bribes from businesspeople in exchange for political favours. He denies the allegations.

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