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Leaked audios provide new twist in Gustavo Bebianno scandal

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Just one day after the government moved to fire Secretary-General Gustavo Bebianno —the first cabinet sacking of an administration less than two months old—the scorned minister has leaked a series of audio files to weekly magazine Veja, disproving President Jair Bolsonaro’s version of events and fanning the flames of an already profound political crisis.

Mr. Bebianno was sacked on February 18 for his perceived involvement in a dummy candidate scheme during the 2018 election. Acting as chairman of Jair Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party (PSL), he signed off on the allocation of hefty amounts of public electoral funds to uncompetitive...

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