Brazil’s chief prosecutor, Rodrigo Janot, filed two new criminal charges against the country’s president, Michel Temer, on Thursday, accusing him of being the ringleader of a criminal organisation and obstruction of justice.
The president was accused of leading a bribery ring involving politicians of his PMDB party.
The second charge, obstruction of justice, stems from his alleged discussion of bribes with Joesley Batista, the former chairman of meatpacker JBS, who has since been detained.
Mr Temer has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Under Brazil’s constitution, he will only face trial with the approval of two-thirds of the lower house of Congress.
He survived a similar congressional vote last month.
If lawmakers vote against him now, Mr Temer would be forced to stand down from the presidency and face trial. Notwithstanding, analysts believe the veteran political operator would once again manage to whip the votes needed to muddle through, paving the way for a vote on key pension reform, likely in October.