Brazilian police launched a corruption probe on Tuesday into the head of President Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing Social Liberal Party (PSL) Luciano Bivar, a police source told Reuters, adding to tensions within the fractious governing coalition.
The widening investigations into the PSL’s alleged campaign finance fraud, which have already resulted in charges against the tourism minister, threaten to muddy Bolsonaro’s anti-graft message and slow progress on his economic agenda.
In a statement on Tuesday, federal police said they were investigating whether representatives of a political party had concealed transfers of party funds in the state of Pernambuco.
According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose details of the operation, PSL is the party under investigation and police were executing nine search and seizure warrants in addresses related to PSL president Bivar.
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