Numbers appeared to be on Michel Temer’s side in a key vote by the lower chamber of congress on whether to suspend him, despite 5% approval rating

Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, appeared to have the upper hand in a key vote by the lower chamber of congress on whether to suspend him and put him on trial over an alleged bribery scheme to line his pockets.

Despite a 5% approval rating in opinion polls and myriad calls for him to resign the last few months, Temer has been able to maintain most of his governing coalition in the chamber of deputies, where he was the presiding officer for many years.

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