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Head of Brazil's Anti-Corruption Agency Announces Resignation

The head of Brazil's anti-corruption agency announced his resignation on Monday, amid an ongoing corruption scandal at Brazil's largest oil giant company, Petrobras.

The head of Brazil's anti-corruption agency announced his resignation on Monday, amid an ongoing corruption scandal at Brazil's largest oil giant company, Petrobras. Jorge Hage told reporters that after 12 years at the comptroller general's office, it was time for him to move on. However, he also complained about budget cuts he suggested has made it harder for the agency to fulfill its mission. Hage said, ‘In the wake of a nearly $3 million cut to the comptroller's office's 2014 budget, the agency was forced to shift personnel around, moving them to the energy and petroleum sector to respond to the Petrobras scandal.’ Hage's announcement came during the Petrobras scandal, which has rocked Brazil for months about a kickback scheme of allegedly massive proportions. Authorities allege top Petrobras officials were behind the plan that saw huge sums siphoned off contracts, with some of the money funneled back to the governing Workers Party and other top parties for political campaigns.

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