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Vehicle rams gates of Brazil’s presidential palace

Mr. Temer was indicted Monday by attorney-general Rodrigo Janot for passive corruption, a procedure unique that could sound the death knell of a mandate shaken by the business.Brazilian President Michel Temer has cancelled his attendance at next week’s G20 meeting in Germany, local media reported on Wednesday, days after he was charged with corruption.In his decision, Brazil’s attorney general said at some point between March and April of this year, Temer took a roughly $150,000 bribe offered by Joesly Batista, former chairman of JBS.A statement from the president’s office says that around 19:00 on Wednesday a vehicle drove at a high speed toward the Alvorada Palace.Temer’s supporters say they have between 250 and 300 votes in the 513 seat lower house to block a trial.The full chamber will then vote on whether to accept the charge.He added: “I tell you, my friends, without any fear of error, that this charge is a fiction”.If less than two-thirds of the house were to vote against the charge, it would be shelved. He is caught up in a three-year anti-graft push by investigators that has revealed stunning levels of corruption in Latin America’s largest country.But PSDB deputy Daniel Coelho said numerous PSDB’s 54 deputies could vote against Temer. If accusations are accepted by lawmakers, the process will return to the Supreme Court and President Temer will be suspended from office for up to 180 days, while the Court judges the case.”Several senators and deputies are in the same boat as he is, being accused in the same way, and are trying – in a drowning embrace – to hold onto each other to protect themselves, to avoid prosecutions”, said Sonia Fleury, a political science professor at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas University in Rio de Janeiro. He, along with a third of his cabinet, are facing charges or under investigation for corruption.