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Brazil: Temer’s surgery successful, leaves hospital Monday
October 29, 2017, 8:54 am

Temer’s party has been beset by corruption accusation, potentially derailing his efforts to spearhead a revitalization of Brazil’s economy in 2017 [Xinhua]

Brazilian President Michel Temer is recovering in hospital from surgery to reduce the size of his prostate and is expected to be released on Monday, his doctors at Sao Paulo’s Sirio-Libanes Hospital told local media.

Temer, 77, entered hospital first on Wednesday during a session of Congress but was released the same day.

He was readmitted on Friday to continue some urologic tests, his doctors said.

Temer has had a number of health problems this month, including a partial obstruction in his coronary arteries.

The president has been battling a number of corruption allegations since he took office two years ago.

The Wednesday session of the the Chamber of Deputies in Congress, however, cleared him by a vote of 251 to 233 of bribery and obstruction of justice charges which had been brought in September by Brazil’s former prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot.

In August, the same Chamber blocked another corruption case brought against Temer, this time stemming from charges of accepting $11.47 million in bribes from officials at Brazil’s biggest meatpacker, JBS SA, to cover up corruption within their company.

The officials had offered up the information as part of a plea bargain during an investigation into corruption in the meatpacking industry.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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