Rousseff declares war on corruption in midst of Petrobras scandal

March 18, 2015 7:59 PM

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Rousseff declares war on corruption in midst of Petrobras scandal

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched an anti-corruption offensive on Wednesday to counter rising discontent over a kickback scandal engulfing state-run oil company Petrobras that has implicated her allies and undermined her popularity.

Her anti-corruption proposals, contained in bills submitted to Congress, include the criminalization of slush funds - known in Portuguese as "Caixa 2" - that are widely used by Brazil's political parties to finance their campaigns.

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