In a Saturday press conference, the de facto president of Brazil, Michel Temer, asked for the suspension of the investigation against him regarding the recently leaked audio in which he is heard giving his approval to bribes to buy the silence of the former president of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha.
Temer reiterated Thursday that he is not going to resign from the Presidency of Brazil, and assured that the audio is a part of a plan to jeapardize his leadership.
Brazilians have taken to the streets en masse to demand Temer's resignation and the holding of immediate elections. However, in order for elections to occur prior to 2018, the constitution would have to first be amended.
Temer only took power after a parliamentary coup removed former president Dilma Rousseff. His time in the presidency has been characterized by widespread unpopular austerity measures, such as cuts to social security, retirement pensions, and health care, as well as multiple scandals.