Congressional panel votes against Temer corruption trial

A vote by a congressional panel in Brazil has decided against sending President Michel Temer to trial over a corruption charge.

Temer took office in August of 2016 following the impeachment of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff.

He has been charged with corruption for taking bribes from corporations, as part of an ongoing scandal that has engulfed Brazil in recent years. Already tens of senior politicians have been indicted, with former President Lula having been sentenced to 9 years in prison earlier this week.

Temer himself has faced calls for impeachment, as well as a court challenge that could render his 2014 victory as Vice President alongside Rousseff null.

The vote by the panel is non-binding and must be voted on by the entire Congress. Two-thirds of the members must approve it for the bill to go forward.

(Image: PanAm Post)

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