Second Brazil minister quits over corruption probe
May 31, Brasilia: A second minister in Brazil's new government has resigned after a recording was made public, which seems to show him trying to derail a corruption investigation at the state oil company.
Transparency minister Fabiano Silveira was in charge of the ministry tasked with fighting corruption. He is the second member of the interim administration to leave in only 16 days because of leaked recorded conversations about the investigation into corruption at the state oil company Petrobras and the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.
The new turmoil started when TV Globo broadcast a recording of Silveira giving legal advice to the Senate president, who is under investigation for links to corruption at Petrobras. The recording also shows Silveira criticising the investigation itself, which has implicated some of Brazil's most prominent politicians and businessmen.
In its report late Sunday, TV Globo said Silveira had repeatedly contacted investigators in the Petrobras case to seek information on the accusations against Senate chief Renan Calheiros, but he did not succeed in getting any details.
The conversation was recorded at Calheiros' residence some time before the Senate voted to suspend Rousseff pending an impeachment trial and put the government in Temer's hands.
The Oslo Times