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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Brazil's President Temer survives corruption vote

The Brazilian Congress has voted not to send their President to face trial for corruption

Mr Temer has been accused of receiving $12m (£9m) in bribes. AFP
Mr Temer has been accused of receiving $12m (£9m) in bribes. AFP

Opposition lawmakers in the lower house of Congress failed to obtain the two-thirds majority needed to send the corruption case against President Michel Temer to the Supreme Court.

Mr Temer has been accused of receiving $12m (Dh44) in bribes from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm, JBS. He has denied the allegation.

The Congress descended into scenes of chaos and angry exchanges.

Lawmakers shouted abuse, pushed each other and threw fake bank notes at their opponents.

Voting is continuing, but more than one-third of lawmakers have either voted against a trial for President Temer, or abstained, meaning that the opposition cannot reach the two-thirds target required to send him to the Supreme Court.

The opposition needed to get 342 out of 513 votes.

Left-wing Congressman Ivan Valente, of the Socialism and Liberty Party, demanded the ousting of Mr Temer and the holding of new elections.

"The Brazilian people do not want Temer, the Brazilian people want direct elections. We do not want to change six for half-a-dozen. Out with Temer! Direct (elections) now!" he said.

The lengthy session descended into chaos earlier, when both sides traded accusations of corruption.

Mr Temer became president last year following the impeachment of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff.

She was found guilty of tampering with the government accounts in order to hide a growing deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014.