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Brazil seeks OECD membership amid high political uncertainty

Brazil's government has formally requested entry into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development after 23 years of bilateral relations with the organization, according to a May 30 statement from the presidential palace.

The country has been participating in OECD activities since 1994 and was invited to expand its involvement with the organization in 2007.

"This request forms part of Brazil's efforts to consolidate a sustainable and inclusive development, management modernization and to access the OECD's extensive experience in public policy," presidential spokesman Alexandre Parola said.

The request comes at a time of high political uncertainty in Brazil, as President Michel Temer is being investigated for allegedly endorsing bribe payments to a potential witness in the country's largest-ever graft probe.

Temer, who also faces accusations of accepting bribes from meatpacking giant JBS, has denied the allegations and refused to step down amid calls for his impeachment.