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The Wall Street Journal: Brazil’s president beats corruption charges in congressional vote

BRASÍLIA — Brazil’s deeply unpopular president, Michel Temer, fended off corruption charges against him in a landmark congressional vote Wednesday, allowing the country’s embattled political establishment to preserve its tenuous hold on power.

The lower house of Congress, where over a third of lawmakers are also under investigation for various crimes, rejected bribery charges against Temer, preventing his case from going to trial at the Supreme Court. Though voting was still under way, the president already has secured the votes needed to block the charges.

With an approval rating of just 5%, Temer has relied on his skills as a deft backroom negotiator to survive, luring lawmakers with funds for their cash-strapped states.

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