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The Latest: Brazil’s Temer charged with obstructing justice

September 14, 2017 GMT
Brazil's President Michel Temer smiles during a meeting with businessmen and trade unions at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Markets indicate that investors feel the worst days of the country's economic slide could be over, fueled in part by Temer getting Congress to approve a loosening of work rules and survived a corruption allegation that could have suspended him from office. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazil's President Michel Temer smiles during a meeting with businessmen and trade unions at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Markets indicate that investors feel the worst days of the country's economic slide could be over, fueled in part by Temer getting Congress to approve a loosening of work rules and survived a corruption allegation that could have suspended him from office. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazil's President Michel Temer smiles during a meeting with businessmen and trade unions at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Markets indicate that investors feel the worst days of the country's economic slide could be over, fueled in part by Temer getting Congress to approve a loosening of work rules and survived a corruption allegation that could have suspended him from office. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Latest on corruption in Brazil and charges against President Michel Temer (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Brazilian President Michel Temer is being charged with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization in a case that could suspend him from office for up to six months.

Brazil’s attorney general’s office said Thursday that the country’s top prosecutor is accusing Temer of paying hush funds to a former speaker of the lower Chamber of Deputies and to an operator of his political group. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot also alleges that Temer is the criminal organization that operates in Brazil’s Congress and executive.

Temer has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

As president, Temer will only be on trial if two-thirds of Brazil’s lower house votes to suspend him from office.

Janot accused Temer of bribery in July, but lawmakers refused to allow those proceedings to go forward.