Brazil's Michel Temer charged with corruption

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He was then arrested.

That could slowly bleed away the resolve of Temer's allies as they calculate the cost of being associated with him ahead of the elections.

The charges were delivered to a Supreme Court judge who must now decide if the case could be sent to the lower house of Parliament, the BBC said.

Analysts said he should have enough support in Congress to survive the vote - for now. Cunha is now serving a 15-year sentence for corruption.

Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot said the 76-year-old acted "in violation of his duties to the state and to society", adding there was "abundant" proof he accepted bribes.

Last week, Brazilian federal police handed over their investigation to the court alleging that Temer accepted bribes in exchange for political favors from JBS.

Political analysts had warned, long before Monday, that the scandals reduced the chances Temer could push through reforms crucial for Latin America's biggest economy to rebound from its worst recession on record. Temer is a conservative and has been introducing market reforms that are very unpopular.

"There is no Plan B. We have to move forward", said Temer.

"Nothing will destroy us".

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In another part of the recording, Temer is heard telling Batista that it was mainly because of his influence that he appointed Henrique Meirelles as finance minister in his cabinet.

Yet the constant flow of allegations has made it hard for the government to operate, let alone carry out far-reaching plans. The same would happen if Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal, the country's highest court, doesn't reach a verdict in the 180 days of the trial.

Temer also lambasted the allegation that he was "denounced for passive corruption, without ever having received funds, and not having participated in agreements to receive them". Janot said bribes to Temer could have reached about $12 million over nine months, and that Temer showed a total disregard for the office.

But so far, Mr. Temer has been able to escape those and other allegations. Temer is expressing defiance in the face of possible corruption charges, the lowest approval rating for a Brazilian leader in a generation and calls for his resignation.

Key to Temer's survival is whether the Social Democracy Party (PSDB), Brazil's third largest, will stick with his coalition or bolt.

Temer has no intention of resigning as President of Brazil, declaring that "nothing will destroy" him. "If there was an alternative with a minimum of consensus, Temer would already have gone", he said. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points. Maia would take over in the interim while Temer is put on trial.

First, his itinerary announced that he would be visiting the Soviet Union.

Several top lawmakers allied with the ruling coalition have told Reuters they are concerned that multiple votes to protect a deeply unpopular leader could erode his support, eventually prying open the door to a trial.

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