Lawmakers overwhelmingly oppose charges for Michel Temer despite broad popular support, as observers condemn ‘bankruptcy of political system’

The credibility of Brazil’s congress has been left in rags after its lower house overwhelmingly voted not to approve corruption charges against the president, Michel Temer – even though 81% of his countrymen said in a recent poll that they should.

Temer was charged with corruption after a close aide was given $150,000 in cash – part of $12m in bribes prosecutors allege he and the aide were due to receive after intervening in a business deal.

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