Brazil’s President Temer dodges indictment, but loses political power

Brazil’s President Michel Temer block indictment request
Lame duck? Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

It was close to 9 pm when Congressman Celso Jacob approached the podium in the middle of the Brazilian House’s semi-circle. He then voted to shelve the indictment request against Brazil’s President Michel Temer, who is accused by the Federal Prosecution Office of running a corruption ring and tampering with a federal investigation.

It was the final step to secure Temer’s office. Jacob was the 171st congressman to vote in favor of Temer, in a streak that began with veteran Congressman Paulo Maluf.

The irony in Maluf and Jacob bookending Temer’s congressional win against the judicial system shouldn’t be...

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