Brazilian minister quits in case that implicates president

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian minister has resigned as part of a growing scandal that implicates President Michel Temer.

Former Culture Minister Marcelo Calero has told federal police that Temer's legislative affairs minister Geddel Vieira Lima pressured him to allow construction of a luxury building in a historic preservation area in the city of Salvador. Lima had bought a unit in the planned development.

Calero says Temer himself suggested that he use a method to avoid the normal overnight process for such a building.

Temer's spokesman said Thursday night that the president simply intervened to arbitrate a dispute between cabinet members.

In his resignation letter, Lima says the accusations of wrongdoing are merely "interpretations." He says he's stepping down because his family was suffering.
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