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Recording forces Brazil anti-corruption minister to resign

In a major trouble for Brazil's acting president Michel Temer, the anti-corruption minister in his government resigned on Monday after an audio surfaced revealing the minister criticizing a probe into graft at state oil giant Petrobras.

Recording forces Brazil anti-corruption minister to resign

Fabiano Silveira has become the second minister in Temer's government to resign in the last one week. It is to be noted that Temer took charge as the head of nation only 18 days ago following the suspension of Dilma Rousseff for an impeachment trial.

The audio was released on Sunday by Globo television. In the tape, Silveira was heard talking to Senate President Renan Calheiros and Sergio Machado, the president of Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro. It is to be noted that both Calheiros and Machado are facing probe in the embezzlement probe.

Silveira can be heard saying that the prosecution in the case was "lost" and adivising Machado on how to protect himself from the investigation. The recording was done in March when Silveira was serving on the National Council of Justice. It is learned that the conversation was recorded by Machado and he has decided to handover the recording for leniency from prosecution.

In his resignation letter, Silveira tried to defend himself, saying his remarks were "generic comments and simple opinion, amplified by the climate of political exasperation to which we all bear witness."

On Monday, officials from the Transparency Ministry, constituted by Temer to tackle corruption in Brazil, staged protests demanding Silveira's resignation. Corruption watchdog Transparency International also called for Silveira's osuter.