The National Committee of Brazil’s PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro) decided by acclamation on Tuesday to withdraw from the governing coalition headed by President Dilma Rousseff. The party voted to withdraw its support from the government in the face of a sweeping corruption investigation into the administration. Rousseff has become deeply unpopular because of the corruption allegations and a declining economy. The party holds seven Cabinet-level posts and 600 other appointed offices in the administration. The committee set no deadline for PMDB appointees to resign. The PMDB is the largest party in both houses of the Brazilian Congress. It will now vote on government measures as an independent force, offering neither automatic support or automatic opposition to the administration.
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