Geddel Vieira Lima, the head of Brazilian President Michel Temer’s presidential secretariat, resigned on Friday. Lima said he was quitting “because of the accumulation of criticisms directed at me.” Former officials of the Temer administration have accused Lima of using his influence in order to benefit from a real estate deal in his home state of Bahia. Lima has denied the accusation; however, a congressional investigation into the allegations is possible for next year. Temer himself assumed the presidency earlier this year after his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, was removed from office by Congress due to a series of bribery and money laundering scandals.
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