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Brazilian President Temer: I won't quit

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Michel Temer
Brazil   "You need to keep that up, okay?"

Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will not quit, amid allegations he authorised paying bribes to silence a witness in a huge corruption scandal.

"I will not resign. I know what I have done," he said in a televised address.

Earlier, the Supreme Court approved an investigation into the allegations, but Temer said he would prove his innocence.

Temer took over office last year after the impeachment of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff.

O Globo newspaper said Temer had been recorded discussing payments to silence the jailed former Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

The recording is of a conversation between the president and Chairman Joesley Batista of meat giant JBS, made by Mr Batista using a hidden device, O Globo says.

When Mr Batista told Temer he was paying Cunha to remain silent, the president was recorded saying, "You need to keep that up, okay?" the newspaper reported.

It did not say how it obtained the information, or what Mr Cunha was being asked to keep quiet about.

But Temer hit back in his address, saying: "I never authorised any payments for someone to be silent. I did not buy anyone's silence. I fear no accusations."

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