Brazil acquits president Temer in campaign corruption case — Federal prosecutors continue to investigate chgarges of corruption, obstruction of justice and racketeering

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© Evaristo Sa, AFP | Brazilian President Michel Temer at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 7, 2017

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Latest update : 2017-06-10

Brazil’s top electoral court dismissed a case on Friday that threatened to unseat President Michel Temer for alleged illegal campaign funding in the 2014 election, when he was the running mate of impeached President Dilma Rousseff.

The ruling gives Temer some breathing room but will not end a political crisis enveloping the beleaguered center-right leader. He is being investigated separately by federal prosecutors for corruption, obstruction of justice and racketeering.

“We cannot be changing the president of the Republic all the time, even if the people want to,” said the court’s chief judge, Gilmar Mendes.

Mendes, who backed the impeachment of Rousseff, said the country should not expect the court to solve the current political crisis.

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