Brazil president resists calls to resign amid allegations of witness bribery

Brazilian President Michel Temer resisted calls to resign on Thursday after allegations that he condoned the bribery of a potential witness in the massive “Car Wash” graft investigation, news that sent markets tumbling and raised doubts that Congress would pass his austerity measures.

Temer strongly denied the allegations and told allied lawmakers in a morning meeting that he would not be driven from office. He cleared the rest of the day’s schedule to react to the crisis and was expected to address the nation on national TV within hours, aides said.

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