The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies should vote to allow the indictment of Brazilian President Michel Temer for administrative malfeasance and other alleged crimes, Congressman Sérgio Zveiter recommended in a key report delivered Monday. Zveiter was chosen by the Chamber’s Judiciary Committee to make recommendations on the matter. In his report, Zveiter said enough evidence exists to make an indictment possible and even necessary. Under Brazil’s Constitution, the President can only be indicted with permission from the Chamber of Deputies. Federal prosecutors have accused Temer of tolerating widespread corruption in his administration. He is also accused of campaign finance violations. The Judiciary Committee is likely to vote on Zveiter’s report later this month, paving the way for a full Chamber of Deputies vote soon after. If indicted, Temer would have to take a leave-of-absence for 180 days. During that time, he would be subjected to a trial in the Brazilian Supreme Court. Temer’s allies in Congress have said they will use delaying tactics to fend off the accusations. Temer’s term ends in 2018.
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