Brazil anti-corruption official resigns
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Brazil anti-corruption official resigns

The head of the Brazilian federal government’s anti-corruption agency says he is resigning.

Jorge Hage told reporters in Brasília that he has fulfilled his duty after 12 years at the comptroller general’s office and it is time for him to rest.

He also complained that budget cuts make it harder for the agency to fulfill its mission.

Hage’s announcement Monday comes amid a corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras. Authorities allege top company officials, the heads of construction firms and politicians were behind a scheme that saw huge sums siphoned off contracts, with some of the money funneled back to political campaigns.

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Hage says he gave his resignation letter to President Dilma Rousseff in November, after she won a second term in office.

Associated Press