Top Brazilian musicians join call for a new president

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Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested a presidential aide and two ex-governors as part of an investigation into the 2014 World Cup's most expensive stadium, another black eye for the country's political establishment that adds pressure on beleaguered President Michel Temer.

Meirelles told journalists at an event hosted by Exame magazine in Sao Paulo that he is not even considering becoming the caretaker president should Temer be ousted, despite the minister's name being floated as a possible fill-in.

Brazil's President Michel Temer speaks during a press conference following allegations that he gave his blessing to payment of hush money to a politician convicted of corruption, on May 18, 2017 in Brasilia.

Last week, recordings surfaced of Temer appearing to condone bribing a former lawmaker so the latter, who had been arrested for several counts of corruption and threatened to disclose corruption schemes in the government, would keep silent before federal investigators.

And in an unrelated case that underlined the far-reaching impact of Brazil's ongoing anti-graft operation, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced one of the country's most infamously corrupt and seemingly untouchable politicians to nearly eight years in prison.

Serraglio, a lawyer with nearly two decades of experience in the country's parliament, is affiliated with the Brazilian Democratic Movement led by Temer, and was appointed to his previous position last February. Before that, he served as a justice on the nation's top electoral court - the very court that could rule to expel Temer from office. Impeachment resolutions have so far been blocked by a presidential ally who is speaker of the lower house.

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The concert was organized by leftist movements that have revived the slogan "Directas ya" - meaning direct elections now - used by the democratic movement of the early 1980s calling for an end to a military dictatorship that lasted from 1964 to 1985.

Seventy percent of Brazilians are also against Temer's proposed pension reform that will see them working for longer.

The union said in a statement on Sunday night that members had no idea that Temer's appointment of Jardim was coming.

According to media reports, police responded by firing live rounds as well as tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades. The PT had successfully engendered a social democratic regime that combined free market policies during the commodities boom with welfare measures that helped raise many Brazilians out of poverty.

"We were surprised with the news of the change", Sobral said.

"At the moment, no one is really mobilising because there is a certain political stalemate".

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