Brazil President avoids trial

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Brazil President avoids trial

<p>Brazilian lawmakers have voted against putting President Michel Temer on trial on corruption charges.</p> <p>Prosecuters have accused him of obstructing justice and leading a criminal organisation.</p> <p>However the lower house of Congress voted to throw out the charges against the centre-right leader who investors hope will bring Brazil’s budget deficit under control.</p> <p>After 172 lawmakers voted to throw out the charges, Temer’s opponents could no longer reach the 342 votes – or two thirds of the seats – required to authorize the top court to put him on trial.</p> <p>Allies said Brazil could not afford the political upheaval of removing a second president in little over a year, as Latin America’s largest economy struggles to overcome deep recession. Temer succeeded impeached leftist president Dilma Rousseff in 2016.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In Brazil, the criminal President installed when they removed the elected President was protected again today by Congress. This is how: <a href="https://t.co/uibMlSkjbP">https://t.co/uibMlSkjbP</a></p>— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) <a href="https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/923321243436306432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>The vote means that Temer is safe from prosecution while he remains president. But he is still subject to investigation and possible trial after his term ends in 2018.</p> <p>Temer has denied any wrongdoing in the cases brought against him, which have arisen from a sprawling investigation that has uncovered systemic graft across top levels of Brazilian society.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Guardian: Accused of corruption, popularity near zero – why is Temer still Brazil’s president? >> <a href="https://t.co/4UNPxyqFCi">https://t.co/4UNPxyqFCi</a></p>— <span class="caps">MVM</span>_News (@MVM_News) <a href="https://twitter.com/MVM_News/status/923323506556796929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>