Temer government would press ahead with Brazil corruption fight -document

viernes 29 de abril de 2016 19:10 GYT

BRASILIA, April 29 (Reuters) - A government led by Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer would press ahead with the country's corruption fight by strengthening anti-graft institutions and enacting tougher controls over state-run companies, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The 17-page document serves as a blueprint for policies on health, education and social issues under a future Temer government and is expected to be released next week.

Temer could be leading Brazil in a matter of weeks if, as expected, the Senate suspends President Dilma Rousseff for allegedly breaking budget laws.

The soft-spoken, 75-year-old constitutional lawyer is assembling his possible cabinet and mapping strategy with a small group of advisers.

His critics have said Temer would try to hamper Brazil's biggest ever corruption probe, known as Operation Car Wash, which has involved many politicians from his Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB).

The investigation has unveiled a massive corruption scheme at state oil company Petrobras in which construction companies bribed politicians and executives to get lucrative deals. Temer himself is not under investigation.

In the document seen by Reuters, the PMDB calls for guarantees of increased funding for the federal police, which is one of the institutions leading the Car Wash investigation.

The document also calls for the government to grant more powers of oversight to the national comptroller's office and legislation to impose tougher penalties for corrupt executives at state-run companies.

Infrastructure projects would be left in the hands of private companies under the new government, with measures ensuring enhanced scrutiny of major projects, the document says.   Continuación...