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    The lower house of Brazil’s parliament voted against pressing another corruption charge against the country's president.

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) — The lower house of Brazil’s parliament voted on Wednesday to throw out a corruption charge against President Michel Temer.

    The late night voting saw at least 161 lawmakers reject a judicial inquiry into an allegation of bribery against the nation’s embattled president.

    This and abstentions has led to the opposition falling short of the 342 votes, or two-thirds of the parliament, it needed to send Temer’s case to the top court and suspend him from office for 180 days.

    Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot formally accused the president of graft and filed the charge with the lower house in June after a recording emerged in local media, in which Temer appeared to be discussing bribes with the owner of Brazil’s meat processing company JBS.


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