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Brazilian Court Acquits Temer
Brazilian Court Acquits Temer

Brazilian Court Acquits Temer

Brazilian Court Acquits Temer

Brazilian President Michel Temer defied predictions of his imminent political demise when a court acquitted him on charges of having won election thanks to dirty money.
And after Friday’s vote in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) he promptly went on the offensive in his battle to survive additional corruption accusations, AFP reported.
Despite being branded by opponents a political “zombie” and likened to characters from “The Walking Dead” television series, the scandal-plagued president’s acquittal in the TSE showed he still has plenty of political life.
The TSE judges voted 4-3 against stripping Temer of his mandate on the grounds that the 2014 presidential election was contaminated by undeclared campaign donations and bribes. That clears him to serve out the rest of his term to the end of 2018.
Dissenting judges painted a grim picture of the way Brazilian corporations seek to buy politicians in Latin America’s biggest country.
But with the panel drawn at 3-3, TSE’s President Gilmar Mendes cast the deciding vote, urging cool heads at a time of national turmoil.
“You don’t switch the president of the republic every hour,” he said. “There are serious proven facts but not enough to annul the mandate.”
That spared recession-ravaged Brazil being plunged into its second leadership crisis in 14 months, following the impeachment of leftist president, Dilma Rousseff, last year and her replacement by her then-vice president Temer.
It also backed up Temer’s strategy of arguing that corruption accusations against him are a dangerous distraction when he is needed to put Brazil back on the economic rails.
Eurasia Group consultants said Temer’s chances of being toppled before the end of his term have now dropped from 60% to 30%.

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