Brazilian Senate President Renan Calheiros on Monday avoided being served with a Supreme Court order enjoining him to step down temporarily from his post as presiding officer of the upper house of congress. He was backed up by a resolution of the Senate Steering Committee saying it was Calheiros’ right to resist the order until an appeal against the injunction could be heard by the court. According to the committee, Calheiros is still the presiding officer. The Supreme Court had no immediate reaction to the move. Calheiros is under multiple investigations for corruption. The court order said he should be removed temporarily as Senate President due to the fact that, as such, he is now first in line to succeed to the Brazilian presidency should anything happen to the incumbent, President Michel Temer.
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