Departing Senate leader has been a rival of Michel Temer’s and apparently wants to distance himself from the deeply unpopular president ahead of re-election bid

Another thread of support has been cut away from Brazil’s scandal-plagued president Michel Temer after the ruling party’s senate leader resigned and declared the government to be “discredited”.

Renan Calheiros quit his post just hours after the supreme court sent a request to the legislature for the president to be put on trial for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the meat-packing company JBS.

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