Pres­i­dent turns back ef­fort to sus­pend him on bribery case

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

BRASILIA | Brazil’s lower house of Congress on Wed­nes­day re­jected a cor­rup­tion charge against Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer, a move that saved the em­bat­tled pres­i­dent from sus­pen­sion from of­fice and a for­mal trial be­fore the Supreme Court on charges of tak­ing bribes.

In June, Mr. Te­mer was ac­cused by Brazil’s at­tor­ney gen­eral of or­ches­trat­ing a plan to re­ceive mil­lions of dol­lars in il­licit pay­ments. A for­mer Te­mer aide was ar­rested with a suit­case with $150,000 in cash, much of which al­legedly des­tined for Mr. Te­mer.

Mr. Te­mer de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and said there was no proof he re­ceived any money. Op­po­si­tion politi­cians tried through­out the day to post­pone the vote in a sign they were short of the num­ber needed to keep the case alive.

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