Brazil's Supreme Court has released a video showing President Jair Bolsonaro expressing frustration that he was unable to change security officials and vowing to protect his family.
The video forms part of an investigation into allegations that the president attempted to replace senior members of the federal police.
Mr Bolsonaro denies any wrongdoing.
The growing political crisis comes amid concerns that Brazil could be the next epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday the country recorded 1,001 new deaths, bringing its total to 21,048, and it has the second highest number of cases in the world with more than 330,000.
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Two health ministers have left their posts in the space of a month after publicly disagreeing with the government's handling of the crisis.
What does Bolsonaro say in the video?
Addressing his cabinet in the expletive-laden footage filmed in April, Mr Bolsonaro says: "I've tried to change our security people in Rio de Janeiro officially, and I wasn't able to. That's over. I won't wait for my family or my friends to get screwed.
"If one cannot change the law enforcement official, one changes the boss. If not his boss, then the minister."
Brazil's public prosecutor is investigating allegations by former justice minister Sergio Moro that Mr Bolsonaro fired the head of the federal police because he wanted someone in the role who would provide him with police intelligence reports.
The president's sons are under investigation over alleged wrongdoing. They include Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, who is being investigated for alleged corruption.
Responding to the Supreme Court's decision to release the footage, Mr Bolsonaro wrote on Facebook that he had been referring to members of his own personal security and not senior police officers. There was "no indication of interference in the federal police," he said.
Brazilians were so desperate to see this video that when it was released, the Supreme Court website crashed. The cabinet meeting was filmed last month and is littered with foul-mouthed remarks by the president.
The video also revealed attitudes within the wider cabinet, like the environment minister suggesting that coronavirus was a good opportunity – with the press looking the other way – to simplify regulations in the Amazon.
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Dozens of people were killed in an attack in Niger on Saturday, in a suspected jihadist attack.
The attack took place around 12:00 CET in the Tchomo-Bangou village in Tillabéri, a western region bordering Mali.
“The assailants surrounded the village and killed up to 50 people,” a local radio journalist said anonymously. “The wounded have been evacuated to the hospital in Ouallam.”
It came on the day provisional results for the first round of the presidential election, held on December 27, were released.
Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) and a former interior minister, is in the lead with 39.3 per cent of the votes. Bazoum has vowed to strengthen the country’s fight against Islamist groups.
The second round of the election is to be held on February 21.
Niger has been a target for jihadist attacks for years, particularly in the western and southeastern parts of the country.
On December 21, six days before the presidential poll, seven soldiers were killed in Tillabéri. In May 2020, twenty people, including children, were also killed in two of the region’s villages.
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Mohamed Bazoum, the right-hand man of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is the favourite to win.
The sixty-year-old former interior minister is aiming for outright victory in the first round — something that no candidate has done before.
He’s focussing on security and education.
Over 7 million people are eligible to vote. But some voters, like Gambina Moumouni, simply want a president they can trust.
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