Brazil’s President survives corruption vote

The Brazilian congress has voted not to put President Michel Temer on trial for corruption.

Opposition lawmakers in the lower house of congress failed to obtain the two-thirds majority needed to send the case to the Supreme Court.

Temer welcomed the vote as clear and incontestable.

It would be recalled that the president has been accused of receiving $12m in bribes from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm, JBS.

In the 513-seat chamber, 263 voted against the motion to send the president for trial and 227 voted in favour, well below the 342 needed for the motion to pass.

The president however vowed to complete his term of office, which ends in December 2018.

 

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