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Published 26 September 2017

The de facto leader is accused of obstruction of justice and racketeering.

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies will again try to debate new charges against president Michel Temer after two attempts to read the charges failed due to a lack of quorum.

New Graft Charges Against President Temer Sent to Brazil's Congress


In order for the charges to be read in the lower house, there must be 51 lawmakers present, a fact that delayed the debate on Friday and Monday, where only 23 deputies out of 513 showed up.

The de facto leader is accused of obstruction of justice and racketeering and many Brazilians believe that non-attendance is a strategy being used to delay any resolution.

The indictment was presented by former Attorney General Rodrigo Janot, who charged Temer and six members of the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement Party.

A majority of the judges on Brazil’s Supreme Court voted Sept. 20 to send the new graft charges against Temer to the lower house of Congress, which must authorize any trial of a sitting president.

In August, Temer’s allies in congress blocked the first corruption charge, saving him from facing a possible supreme court trial that could have ousted him from office.

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