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Brazil’s Temer Escapes Corruption Trial to Focus on Economy

  • 263 deputies voted in favor of Temer; 227 voted against
  • Decision may clear the way for debate on pension reform bill
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Brazil's Temer Secures Votes to Avoid Corruption Trial

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Brazil President Michel Temer has survived a massive corruption scandal with a victory in the lower house that allows him to cling to power and focus back on the economy.

Temer allies on Wednesday defeated the motion that would have put him on trial and forced him to step aside, with 263 against 227 votes. The result paves the way for Temer to ride out his term next year and at least temporarily pivot his attention toward economic reforms needed to fix Brazil’s battered public finances.