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Brazilian President Temer Accused of Buying Votes to Block Impeachment

Brazilian President Michel Temer

Brazilian President Michel Temer

Brasilia, June 6 (RHC)-- Brazilian President Michel Temer is facing accusations that he bribed lawmakers to assure their support ahead of his possible trial for corruption, a decision which is currently in the hands of the Lower House of Congress. 

Lawmakers Paulo Pimenta, Wadih Damous and Paulo Teixeira allege the appointed president used his position and power to secure support against the corruption charges presented by Attorney General Rodrigo Janot to the Supreme Court, which is now being evaluated by the Lower House. 

This week, Temer received at least 30 lawmakers in the Planalto Palace in Brasilia according to the official agenda.  Among them were 11 members of the Constitution and Justice Commission of the Lower House, who will decide if the charges against the president will proceed or not, according to Brasil 247. 

For the accusation to be admitted it needs to have the vote of 34 of the 66 members of the commission.  After this, it will have up to five sessions to debate and vote on the final report by the commission speaker, Sergio Zveiter, who also belongs to Temer's ruling PMDB party. 

The report will then be submitted to the Lower House for a vote, that needs the approval of 341 of the 513 lawmakers to be accepted.  Temer and his aide Rodrigo Rocha Loures are accused of receiving and approving bribes in the largest corruption investigation in the country known as Operation Car Wash. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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