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Brazilian senators recommended interim President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with crimes against humanity on Monday.
The Senate is reportedly recommending charges against Bolsonaro that include “heinous human rights violations.”
Brazil has been in political turmoil since the death of President Mauricio Funes on September 11. He was replaced by Fernando Haddad of the ruling Workers’ Party until current interim President Joao Damasceno dos Santos left office last week.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly promised to crack down on crime and corruption in Latin America’s largest nation. Since he took office on January 1, he has built a solid base of supporters in Congress.
Opposition lawmakers say Bolsonaro has been drinking and driving, and investigators have charged the presidential candidate with fraud and drug possession.
Bolsonaro led Rousseff by nearly four percentage points in a CNI poll, which was published Sunday. The largest ratings in weeks for the center-right president, Bolsonaro picked up a 15-point lead over Haddad.