Temer is facing his own August showdown.
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For Brazilian leaders, August is the cruelest month – and one that now presents a potentially fatal challenge to the presidency of Michel Temer.Temer's own predecessor, President Dilma Rousseff, was removed last Aug. 31 for breaking fiscal rules in her management of the budget.Couto said Temer has been using much of his political capital to curry support ahead of Wednesday's vote, including the promising of billions of dollars in earmarked appropriations for many legislators at a time Brazil is struggling to emerge from its worst recession in decades.Chamber Speaker Rodrigo Maia, an ally of the president, has said that for much of July, he was confident that Temer would have "a comfortable win" in the vote by the house, where the governing coalition has remained strong enough on some issues to pass legislation.Last week, an Ibope institute opinion poll said just 5 percent of Brazilians surveyed approved of Temer.Oliver Stuenkel, who teaches international relations at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas university, estimates there is 50-50 chance that Temer's administration will end despite the president's apparent advantage.
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