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Congressional Committee Votes against Charging Brazilian President Temer

BRASILIA – A Brazilian congressional committee on Thursday rejected a report presented by the prosecution recommending the indictment of President Michel Temer.

The panel voted against recommending that Temer be tried in the Supreme Court on corruption allegations.

However, the vote is non-binding, and still needs to be approved by the full parliament.

If two thirds of the 513 deputies approve the charges, Temer will be tried and suspended from office for 180 days, which could lead to his eventual dismissal.

A vote in parliament is scheduled for Aug. 2, after a two-week break.

The prosecutor’s report accused the president of receiving bribes from directors of the meat-packing company JBS.

The president, who came to power after his predecessor Dilma Rousseff was impeached for mismanagement of state funds, denies the charges.

A spokesperson for the president told reporters after the congressional vote that the panel had “defended democracy, constitutional rights and the rule of law.”

 

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