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The Latest: Brazil president denies OK’ing bribe

FILE - In this May 8, 2017, file photo, Brazil's President Michel Temer listens in during a event at the Brazilian Institute of Research in Brasilia, Brazil. Temer is denying a report that he endorsed the alleged bribing of a jailed former congressman to keep him quiet. The allegation made in a Globo News report on Wednesday, May 17, represents a potentially significant blow to President Temer. His administration has lurched from one crisis to another since he took office just over a year ago. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Brazil’s political crisis (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer says he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to an ex-lawmaker jailed for corruption.

Temer spoke during a national address on Thursday afternoon. It was the first appearance since the Globo newspaper published a report Wednesday night that Temer was recorded supporting payments to former Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

In his speech, Temer categorically denied the allegation and insisted he will stay on the job.

Temer took power a year ago when President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and then removed for illegally managing the federal budget.

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