Brazilian President Michel Temer delivers a speech in Brasilia, on August 2, 2017. AFP / Sergio Lima
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Members of Congress' lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, voted 263-227 Wednesday night against suspending the president and sending him for trial before Brazil's highest court.However, Janot is expected to charge Temer with obstruction of justice by the end of this month, which would prompt another vote that even Temer's most stalwart supporters would rather not have to go through as elections loom next year.The vote on the bribery charge came after a full day of procedural wrangling by the opposition, maneuvers intended to stall and force legislators to vote in the evening, when many Brazilians were home and able to watch the proceedings being broadcast live.A year ago, Temer, then-vice president, took office after Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed as president for improperly handling government finances.The latest national poll said just 5 percent of Brazilians approve of Temer while the vast majority said he should be tried for the bribery allegation.Early in Wednesday's proceedings, Temer's lawyer, Antonio Claudio Mariz de Oliveira, tore into the charge against the president.
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