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Brazil prosecutor requests Bolsonaro meddling probe

Christian Fernsby |
Brazil's top public prosecutor has requested clearance to investigate allegations of political interference by President Jair Bolsonaro.

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It comes after Justice Minister Sergio Moro resigned on Friday, accusing the president of wanting to install a new federal police chief who would provide him with intelligence reports.

Bolsonaro denies the allegation.

The row has thrown his administration into turmoil as it struggles to address the coronavirus crisis.

Brazil's public prosecutor Augusto Aras has now asked the Supreme Court to allow an investigation into Moro's allegations against the president.

On Friday Bolsonaro fired federal police chief Mauricio Valeixo - an ally of Mr Moro - without publishing a reason for the decision. He was replaced by Alexandre Ramagem, chief of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency.

Earlier, on Thursday, Moro had threatened to resign if Mr Valeixo was removed but then said he would stay if he could choose his replacement.

However he resigned on Friday, describing Mr Valeixo's sacking "without a genuine reason" as "political interference that harms my credibility and that of the government".

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