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Brazil: Temer wins corruption charges reprieve

Brazil: Temer wins corruption charges reprieve

Though Temer's support has waned, he is expected to survive the full house vote.

In May, Judge Delaide Arantes of Brazil's Superior Labor Court opened the Brazil Forum conference in Oxford, England, by saying that the proposed reforms do nothing to prohibit slave labor.

This would be the first time that a sitting president has been charged before the Supreme Court. Wagner Iglecias, a political scientist and professor at the University of S?o Paulo (USP), believes that Temer is putting a lot of effort to keep lawmakers loyal to him, including releasing money through amendments. On the same day as Zveiter presented his report, Temer's Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) made a last-minute change. But the vote was scheduled for August 2.

Temer is also facing corruption charges for allegedly accepting a bribe of $152,000 from Joesley Batista, whose family owns the meat-packing giant JBS, in exchange for helping the businessman sort out a problem with a power plant. "The intention [of the reforms] is to reduce the number of labor lawsuits against employers". The only vote that counts is the House roll call vote.

A congressional committee rejected a recommendation to try Brazil's president for corruption, handing him a symbolic victory on Thursday a day after a former president was convicted of graft.

She also criticized the lack of debate on the subject, particularly "in a moment of political vulnerability and of crisis of legitimacy and representation", and noted that the bill that passed in the lower house included 20 articles.

The mammoth "Operation Car Wash" investigation has led to political tensions in Brazil between those who consider the prosecutors and judges pursuing corruption to be heroes and those who think some of the prosecutions are politically motivated.

Discussions with Brazilian bankers about incentivizing international investment in Brazil usually turn to politics and, specifically, pension reform.

Temer's financial cuts have helped turn around immediate macroeconomic results but the full effect of these cuts on the economy are yet to be fully measured. One lawmaker was absent.

Temer argues that the labour law and other measures will help bolster Brazil's economy, which recently began growing again after a prolonged recession. On Tuesday, Maia, who will take over as president if Temer is ousted, called for a quick vote on the charges. It was done so that the opposition senators could be removed from the podium.