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Brazil president: Not worried about looming corruption cases

Brazil's President Michel Temer arrives for a breakfast with foreign correspondents in the presidential residence in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Temer says he is not "the least bit worried" about corruption charges against him that could lead to jail time after he leaves office on Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil’s President Michel Temer says he’s “not the least bit worried” about corruption charges that could lead to jail time after he leaves office Jan. 1.

Temer invited correspondents to the presidential residence in Brasilia on Thursday and was asked about two corruption cases that nearly forced him from office earlier. He said he’s confident the cases have no merit and will be thrown out.

Sitting presidents enjoy partial immunity, which has helped Temer avoid criminal prosecution. The lower house of congress has twice voted against putting him on trial for charges brought by the attorney general.

Once Temer leaves office, those cases go through the normal court system, which has jailed many politicians in a major corruption probe. They include former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The Associated Press