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Brazil’s Supreme Court gives OK to open probe of new president Temer

Reuters

A student from a social movement, wears a mask depicting Brazil’s President Michel Temer during a demonstration against him in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in September 2016.

SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s Supreme Court late Friday gave the green light to prosecutors to open a probe into corruption allegations that President Michel Temer is linked to a sprawling graft scandal centered on the nation’s state-run oil company.

Brazil Supreme Court Judge Teori Zavascki approved the preliminary investigation, which is based on plea-bargain testimony by a key witness that allegedly implicates Temer and several high-ranking members of his Brazilian Democratic Movement Party or PMDB, including Senate President Renan Calheiros, according to a lawyer close to the case.

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