President Michel Temer of Brazil has denied a newspaper report that he has been recorded backing paying off a witness in a huge corruption scandal.

O Globo newspaper said Mr Temer had been recorded discussing payments to silence the jailed former Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

According to BBC News, opposition politicians called for snap elections and impeachment proceedings, while protesters took to the streets.

Mr Temer’s office said he had never requested payments to Mr Cunha.

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