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Brazil Elects Senate Leader Facing Surpreme Court Probe

Brazil’s Senate elected as its leader a government ally who is being investigated by the Supreme Court over fraud allegations, as President Dilma Rousseff seeks to maintain support to pass legislation.

Renan Calheiros, from the rural state of Alagoas, was elected head of the Senate in a secret ballot over protests from the opposition and some pro-government lawmakers. A leader of the PMDB party, the largest member of the governing coalition, Calheiros resigned as head of the Senate in 2007 over media reports that a construction company made regular alimony payments to his daughter in exchange for favors.