Brazilian lawmakers postpone key vote on president's graft case

BRASILIA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Chamber of Deputies on Friday postponed a key vote on President Michel Temer's hold on the nation's top office.

A minimum of 51 deputies were required to attend the hearing of a commission report which recommends dropping the corruption charges against Temer.

Lawmakers were supposed to vote to accept or reject its findings, with the latter paving way for the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to pursue the allegations of graft.

Only 19 deputies showed up, and the report failed to be heard due to a lack of quorum.

Chamber President Rodrigo Maia said the report will be debated at a plenary session of the lower house on Aug 2, during which at least two-thirds of the body, or 342 of the 513 deputies, must vote in favor of a measure for it to go forward.

The report, drafted by the chamber's Commission on Constitution, Justice and Citizenship (CCJ), was passed with a 41 to 24 vote on Thursday, right after the repeal of an earlier report warning of "serious indications" of corruption.

Concerning the original report could lead to Temer facing trial, the government replaced the commission members who were inclined to vote against him, in what appeared to be a lawful move.

Temer has been accused of soliciting bribes from the private sector in exchange for state benefits such as government loans and contracts.

[ Editor: meng ]
 

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