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Brazil President Temer Delays Interrogation About Involvement in Bribe Scandal

By: Karina Martín - Jun 7, 2017, 12:14 pm
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Temer’s legal team requested the extension, claiming that it would be “absolutely impossible” to answer them all within 24 hours, especially because the President has such a busy schedule. (Twitter)

EspañolThe deadline for Brazil President Michel Temer to answer questions about possible bribery has been extended, officials announced Wednesday, June 7.

The Federal Police originally delivered Temer 82 questions to answer regarding leaked audio in which he can be heard discussing the details of paying off a former official. He was supposed to respond to them by Tuesday, June 6 but now has until this Friday, June 9.

Temer’s legal team requested the extension, claiming that it would be “absolutely impossible” to answer them all within 24 hours, especially because the President has such a busy schedule.

 

The interrogation is part of a corruption investigation against Temer involving a conversation he had about trying to buy the silence of a former congressman who had been imprisoned for his participation in the Petrobas scandal.

At the same time, Temer is facing a scandal involving alleged “abuse of economic and political power,” which is already on trial and involves irregular electoral funds during the 2014 election, for which he was the vice president.

That case may also see an extension by three days, as one of the seven judges hearing it wants to suspend debate for review.

Sources: Diario las Américas; El Universo; Telesur.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Can Legislative Action, Even a Symbolic One, Help End Venezuela’s Crisis?

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Jun 7, 2017, 12:10 pm
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EspañolIt's a commonly held belief in Venezuela right now that the National Assembly could, through decisive action, still help accelerate a resolution to the country's crisis. But others, especially those fighting on the streets, aren't so sure. Several major political figures have latched onto the idea of taking symbolic legislative action, most notably lawyer Juan Carlos Sosa Azpurua, who sent a series of proposals to the National Assembly laying out appointments of new judges to the Supreme Court as well as directors of the National Electoral Council. Other prominent figures such as Axel Capriles, Carlos Leañez and Ambassador Diego Arria have urged the National Assembly to act as a "fort" for Venezuelan opposition members. "The National Assembly must draw up a concrete route to enabling political change in a peaceful and sustainable manner," Editor in Chief of Guayoyo en Letras Miguel Velarde wrote in the magazine, "and turn their words into action." Congressman for the State of Vargas, José Manuel Olivares requested a motion to dismiss Minister of Interior and Justice Nestor Reverol, who many fault with the death and violence of recent protests. Other actions against the Supreme Court and the National Electoral Council are underway, he said. Luckily for the opposition, it appears President Nicolás Maduro's dictatorship is running out of options — and money. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "Keep in mind that the Assembly has already focused on the economic issue. We are talking to diplomatic organizations worldwide and today no one dares finance the government," Olivares said. "But let's not fall victim to the fantasy that a decision by the Assembly will make it fall. "If it worked like that, don't you think we would have done it a while ago?" he continued. "That we would have avoided the bombs? This isn't easy, but we're on it." Read More: US Officials Considering New Sanctions on Venezuelan Regim Read More: Former Venezuelan Defense Minister Claims Dictatorship Has All But Lost Support of the Army Olivares said that politics aren't only about designating a transitional government. He said he thinks a different kind of action will ultimately resolve the country's crisis. "We must work by taking action, and that is what we are doing on the streets," he said. "Naming a new President of the Supreme Court would only be a symbolic issue. The practical part is a priority." Naming new officials could create a parallel state, which could raise questions of legitimacy and divide popular support, he said. It would be very risky, especially because the current administration is so well armed. "This is not a race to see who violates the constitution more," Olivares said, "and that could happen if a parallel state is created."

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