Brazilian lawmakers block trial for President Temer

ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAO PAULO
Published 26.10.2017 02:15
Brazil's President Michel Temer reacts during a meeting with trade unionists at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil September 12, 2017. (Reuters Photo)
Brazil's President Michel Temer reacts during a meeting with trade unionists at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil September 12, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Brazilian President Michel Temer survived a key vote late Wednesday in Congress on whether to put him on trial for corruption charges.

To avoid being suspended and put on trial, Temer needed the support of at least one third of the 513 deputies in the lower Chamber of Deputies. Temer reached the threshold of 171 deputies late Wednesday, about two hours into the voting. At that point,151 deputies had voted to suspend the president and put him on trial.

Temer survived a similar vote on different charges in August.

While it is a clear win for Temer, the president has become so weakened by repeated scandals that it remains to be seen whether he can muster support for key reforms.

Temer, then vice president, took over last year after President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from office.

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