Brazil’s Temer seen defeating corruption charges in Congress

Article originally appeared in ReutersBRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Michel Temer is expected to win enough support from lawmakers on Wednesday to survive an unprecedented vote on whether he should stand trial on corruption charges.

The deeply unpopular leader is hoping to put behind him a scandal that paralyzed his administration so that he can focus on passing legislation needed to end a budget crisis and help pull Latin America’s largest economy from its worst recession.

The lower house vote will gauge how much political capital Temer still has to block additional charges federal prosecutors are preparing to file against him and to advance a crucial overhaul of Brazil’s costly pension system.

His opponents need two-thirds of the votes in the chamber – 342 out of 513 – to approve a charge that Temer took bribes from the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS SA, and send the case to the Supreme Court, where he could be put on trial. …

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