On Saturday, June 10, the Superior Electoral court acquitted Brazilian President Michel Temer of the charges levied against him that he had accepted illegal campaign donations for a campaign run with former President Dilma Roussef. Four of the seven sitting judges voted against Temer's conviction, allowing the president to remain in office.
Temer has faced significant criticism over the allegations, and protests are possible in the coming days and weeks.
Another investigation against President Temer by the Supreme Court is ongoing for alleged crimes of passive corruption, obstruction of justice, and illicit association.
Former President Roussef was impeached and removed from office on August 31, 2016, on accusations of manipulating the federal budget for the sake of masking the country's plunging economy.
Recent corruption allegations affecting Temer and his administration have increased popular discontent and deepened an already acute political crisis. A recorded conversation of President Temer purportedly showing him discussing the payment of hush money to a jailed politician led to the opening of a formal probe by the Supreme Court on May 19. The scandal has sparked various protests and prompted eight impeachment filings. Temer has reiterated that he will not step down.
On a related note, Brazil has seen a series of protests in response to reforms proposed by President Temer. Numerous opposition groups, labor unions, and civil society organizations consider Rousseff's ouster and Temer's arrival in office to be illegitimate.
Individuals in Brazil are advised to avoid all demonstrations and to monitor the situation.
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