Temer survives congressional vote

Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to reject a corruption charge against President Michel Temer, saving him from facing a possible Supreme Court trial that could have ousted him from office.

Temer won enough ballots to keep the opposition from attaining two-thirds of the vote required to move the corruption case forward.

Temer however is widely expected to face more corruption charges in the coming weeks.

Brazil’s top prosecutor Rodrigo Janot in June charged Temer with arranging to eventually receive a total of 38 million reais ($12.2 million) in bribes from the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS SA in return for political favors.

Janot has said he would file at least two more graft-related charges against Temer before he steps down in mid-September.

Temer and his legal team have denied any wrongdoing.

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