The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies voted overwhelmingly on Monday night to expel former Speaker Eduardo Cunha and strip him of political rights for eight years. The Chamber vote was a lopsided 450-10. Cunha was accused of taking bribes, holding undeclared foreign accounts and lying to the Chamber of Deputies Ethics Committee. The once powerful Speaker fought the accusations for 11 months via public pronouncements, backstage legislative maneuvers and court-imposed injunctions. His support evaporated largely because of public revulsion against corruption. The action followed by just two weeks a Senate vote to remove former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff permanently from office.
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