File picture of the president of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha at the National Congress in Brasilia, April 18, 2016. / AFP / ANDRESSA ANHOLETE / FILE
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As speaker, Cunha was third in line for the presidency and would have become second if Rousseff, as expected, is suspended from office next week because of alleged budget irregularities and replaced by Michel Temer, the 75-year-old vice president.The scandal, the worst in Brazil's modern democratic history, has raised pressure for Rousseff's ouster amid the worst recession since the 1930s.The leftist president is fighting for her political survival since the lower house commanded by Cunha voted on April 17 to charge her with manipulating government accounts, which her opponents say allowed her to boost public spending before her 2014 re-election.A Senate committee will decide on Friday whether to recommend that the plenary of the upper house vote to put her on trial. Rousseff's impeachment would never have cleared the lower house if Cunha had been removed as Speaker in December as requested, Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo said at a hearing of the Senate committee.
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