Brazil's President Michel Temer. Photo: Reuters / Ueslei Marcelino

Brazil’s president Michel Temer was charged with corruption on Monday night, a move that sets in motion a political process to approve the charges before he would face trial.

Temer has been defiant in the face of the bribery scandal, and his vow to stay in office may not be a bridge too far with his political allies sticking by his side.

Political scientist Marcio Coimbra points out that the two-thirds vote in congress needed to approve the charges is not likely to pass. “If there was an alternative with a minimum of consensus, Temer would already have gone,” Bloomberg quoted Coimbra as saying.

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