The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday night rejected a motion to indict President Michel Temer and two of his top aides. The Chamber voted 251-233 to drop the indictment. Prosecutors had sought to indict the three for conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Under Brazil’s Constitution, the Chamber of Deputies must endorse any indictments against the President and top Cabinet officers. Wednesday marked the second time this year for prosecutors to attempt indictments against the president and his closest advisors. The earlier attempt was also blocked by the Chamber of Deputies. In Wednesday’s action, however, Temer obtained 12 fewer votes from members of the lower than in the previous episode. Political risk analysts said it was not highly likely Temer will be able to serve out his term, which ends on December 31, 2018.
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