Temer gathers enough votes to avoid being charged with leading scheme that sold favours, votes and plum appointments to big business

Brazilian president Michel Temer survived a key vote Wednesday night on whether he should be tried on corruption charges, mustering support in the lower house of Congress despite abysmal approval ratings.

To avoid being suspended and put on trial for charges of obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organisation, the president needed the support of at least a third of the 513 deputies in the Chamber of Deputies.

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