President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha reacts during a seminar in Brasilia, Brazil August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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A Supreme Court justice suspended the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress Thursday for obstructing a corruption investigation, eliminating him from the line of succession to the president, who is also expected to be temporarily removed from office.An evangelical Christian who draws on strong support from the religious right in Congress, Cunha has for months been fending off ethics committee hearings in the lower house about whether he lied about his undeclared Swiss bank accounts.Deputy Speaker Waldir Maranhao, of the Progressive Party, became acting head of the lower chamber with Cunha's suspension. A Senate committee will decide Friday whether to recommend the plenary of the upper house vote to put her on trial.
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