Former speaker of Brazil's Lower House of Congress, Eduardo Cunha (C), is escorted by federal police during their transfer to Curitiba, in the hangar of the Federal Police in Brasilia, Brazil, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
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Brazilian police Wednesday arrested Eduardo Cunha who was one of the country's most powerful lawmakers and the architect of former president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment until engulfed in corruption charges.As speaker of the lower house Cunha initiated an impeachment process that finally forced leftist Rousseff out of office this August. Rousseff, found guilty of breaking government budget laws, accused Cunha of mounting a coup.But Cunha's triumph was short-lived as corruption allegations caught up with him. Cunha's downfall signals that the Petrobras corruption probe headed by Moro is continuing to send shockwaves through Brazilian politics.Rousseff's replacement in the presidency, former Cunha ally Michel Temer, has been battling allegations that he intends to weaken the Petrobras probe.
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