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Brazil Congress Chief Takes Official Jet to Wedding, Folha Says

Head of Brazil’s Senate, Renan Calheiros, traveled on Air Force plane paid for with tax money to attend private wedding ceremony June 15, Folha de Sao Paulo reports today. * By law, authorities can use Air Force planes only on official trips, in medical emergencies or for security reasons, Folha says * A spokesman for Calheiros didn’t return phone messages requesting comment * NOTE: Incident comes after more than 1 million people in June protested against corruption and for better public services * NOTE: Head of lower house of Congress, Henrique Eduardo Alves, used Air Force plane to take family members to see Brazil beat Spain in a weekend soccer final in Rio de Janeiro, Folha reported yesterday. Alves said he had an official lunch that day with the mayor of Rio and will reimburse public coffers for cost of commercial plane ticket for seven family members and friends who accompanied him, Folha reported * NOTE: Alves and Calheiros are leading efforts in Congress to make Brazil’s political system more transparent, representative,