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Leaked recording forces Brazil minister out

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 01:09

Brazil's planning minister, a close ally of acting President Michel Temer, has stepped aside in a new political scandal. Yiming Woo reports.

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Brazil's Planning Minister is fending off accusations of conspiring to obstruct the country's biggest-ever corruption investigation. Romero Juca is a close confidant of acting President Michel Temer. A secret recording of a conversation between Juca and a suspect in the probe was published by a local newspaper. He allegedly talks about stopping an investigation into a massive bribery scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras. The minister has stepped aside from his post but insists he's innocent and that his comments were taken out of context. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PLANNING MINISTER, ROMERO JUCA, SAYING: "I've never committed any act that would obstruct any investigation. I've never dealt with anyone in the Supreme Court or the Federal Public Ministry to try to interfere in any investigation or any investigation result. As such, I am very calm." This new scandal has rocked Brazil just two weeks after President Dilma Rousseff was suspended for breaking budget rules, leaving former Vice President Temer to lead the country.

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Leaked recording forces Brazil minister out

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 01:09