BRASILIA Ė Lawmakers supporting President Michel Temer in the lower house of Brazilís congress mustered enough votes on Wednesday to prevent him from being brought to trial on corruption charges, as the Attorney Generalís Office had requested.
When the vote total reached 159, in addition to one abstention and 12 absences, this ensured that the presidentís supporters had garnered enough votes in the lower house to prevent the opposition from obtaining the 342 votes required to authorize the Supreme Court to initiate legal proceedings against Temer.
The result was only partial, however, because a little less than half of the lawmakers had not voted, but Temer will not be able to be brought to trial on the corruption charges assembled by the AGís Office against him. They will only be able to be refiled once he leaves office on Jan. 1, 2019.
Temer assumed the Brazilian presidency in May 2016 on an interim basis and was confirmed in the office on Aug. 31 of that year after the ouster of then-President Dilma Rousseff for irregular budgetary activities. Temer was Rousseffís vice president.