Brazil's arrested ex-president Michel Temer: key dates

Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer was arrested on March 21, 2019 as part of a sprawling anti-corruption probe that has already claimed dozens of political and corporate scalps

Here are key dates in the life and career of Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer, arrested Thursday as part of a sprawling anti-corruption probe.

- September 23, 1940: Born at Tiete in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo. He starts out as a lawyer, then moves on to become Sao Paulo prosecutor.

- 1987-2010: Federal lawmaker for Sao Paulo for the centre-right Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB).

- 1997-2001: Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. Holds the same post in 2009-2010.

- 2001-2016: Leader of the PMDB.

- 2010: Elected Brazil vice president alongside President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT), protegee of former president Lula da Silva. They are re-elected in 2014.

- March 2016: Driven by Temer, the PMDB walks out of the government coalition.

- August 2016: Sworn in as president after Rousseff is impeached on charges of financial wrongdoing. He had been interim president for three months.

- May 2017: The Supreme Court opens a probe into Temer for corruption, obstruction of justice and belonging to a criminal organization.

- June 2017: Charged with corruption for receiving a bribe from a major meatpacking company. Lawmakers vote in August to quash his graft trial.

- September 2017: In a new charge, he is accused of obstruction of justice and leading a criminal group that took kickbacks in exchange for contracts at public companies such as oil giant Petrobras.

- May 2018: Deeply unpopular, he rules out an attempt to seek a new term in October presidential elections. The poll is won by far-right Jair Bolsonaro.