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The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies voted to dismiss the corruption charges against President Michel Temer. As a tense vote continued on Wednesday, the government’s allies in the Chamber received more than a third of votes, or 172 out of 512, the threshold needed to dismiss the charges, Xinhua news agency reported.

This means that the charges filed against Temer, the first against a sitting president, by prosecutor-general Rodrigo Janot, will be dropped.

Brazil’s President Michel Temer dismissed charges pressed against him as based on ‘supposed illicit evidence’, the media reported.

In a speech made on June 28, where he was accompanied by numerous lawmakers and ministers, Temer said he was ‘minimally concerned’ about the charges presented to the Supreme Court (STF) by prosecutor-general, Rodrigo Janot, as they were ‘a work of fiction’.

“I am not impressed with the lack of legal foundations, as I was a lawyer for over 40 years. I know when there are or there are not foundations. From a judicial point of view, I am minimally concerned…I have had a very productive and very clean life. We are victims of this infamy,” Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

First Published | 3 August 2017 7:56 AM
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