Brazil lower house speaker under pressure over Swiss accounts

Anthony Boadle and John Miller – Reuters, 10/01/2015

A group of lawmakers called for the resignation of the speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, on Thursday after Switzerland provided Brazilian prosecutors with details of Swiss bank accounts in his name.

Cunha, who has been charged with corruption and money laundering in Brazil’s largest-ever bribery and political kickback scandal, refused to comment on the accounts that have been frozen by Swiss authorities.

Third in the line of presidential succession, Cunha is a key figure in Brazil’s political crisis because he can decide whether to open impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, something her opponents are seeking.

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