Brazil's top prosecutor charges Michel Temer with corruption

Brazil's prosecutor general has charged President Michel Temer with formal corruption charges.
Brazil's prosecutor general has charged President Michel Temer with formal corruption charges. PHOTO: AFP

BRASILIA (REUTERS) - Brazil's top federal prosecutor charged President Michel Temer on Monday with accepting bribes, the first of what is expected to be a series of graft allegations against the deeply unpopular leader in the coming weeks.

Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot delivered the charge to the Supreme Court and, under Brazilian law, the lower house of Congress must now vote on whether to allow the tribunal to try a sitting president.

Lawmakers within Temer's coalition are confident they have the votes to block the two-third majority required to proceed with a trial.