Cru­cial vote for pres­i­dent

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

BRAZIL’S Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer was ex­pected to win enough sup­port from law­mak­ers yes­ter­day to sur­vive an un­prece­dented vote on whether he should stand trial on cor­rup­tion charges. The deeply un­pop­u­lar leader is hop­ing to put be­hind a scan­dal that paral­ysed his ad­min­is­tra­tion to fo­cus on pass­ing leg­is­la­tion needed to end a bud­get cri­sis and help pull Brazil out of its worst re­ces­sion. The vote will gauge how much po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal Te­mer still has to block ad­di­tional charges fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors are pre­par­ing against him. His ri­vals need two-thirds of the votes in the cham­ber to ap­prove a charge he took bribes from the world’s largest meat packer, JBS SA, and send the case to the Supreme Court. But even some of his op­po­nents see this as a tall or­der. – Reuters

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