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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The cases arose after lawsuits and investigations involving slush funds, administrative misconduct, misappropriation of public funds and irregularities in pension fund deals.

Elected using a campaign speech that pledged a hard line against irregularities by politicians, Bolsonaro has maintained in office Ministers involved in investigations.

Regarding the murkiest of cases, the suspicion of strawmen candidates involving the Minister of Tourism, Bolsonaro said that the "intention is not to affect the minister".

"It's me, Bolsonaro, whom they want to label as corrupt," he said, rebutting the denunciations.

So far, Bolsonaro has not evinced any intention to . . .

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