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Report: Brazil chief prosecutor files new corruption charges against Temer

Brazil's chief prosecutor on Dec. 19 filed corruption and money laundering charges against President Michel Temer, Reuters reported.

Temer has drawn scrutiny for allegedly accepting bribes from port companies in exchange for approving a decree that favored those firms, according to the news outlet.

The president's office denied the allegations, Reuters said.

Temer previously avoided trial on corruption charges after Brazil's lower house of Congress rejected the allegations. Brazil's legislature has the authority to decide whether a president should stand trial by the Supreme Court.

Temer may still face the charges against him after his term expires, the report said. He will be succeeded by Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1, 2019.