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Brazilian President Michel Temer has been charged with accepting bribes by the country’s chief prosecutor.

It follows the release of an audio recording in which Temer appears to encourage the payment of hush money to a jailed politician.

The charges have been delivered to a Supreme Court judge who must now decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of Parliament.

The lower house would have to vote on whether President Temer can be tried. Temer has vowed to prove his innocence.

He has faced a slew of accusations since taking office last year but these are the first formal charges against him.