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Brazilian Congress votes out former speaker

Sep 13, 2016, 3:30 AM EDT
Former speaker of the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, Eduardo Cunha
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Former speaker of the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, Eduardo Cunha, who played a key role in ex-president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, lost his seat after fellow members of Congress voted to expel him for perjury, corruption and obstruction of justice. Cunha had earlier denied the allegations that he stashed millions of dollars in secret Swiss bank accounts but information from Swiss authorities revealed the existence of the accounts.

Cunha, who faced an overwhelming defeat by 450 votes to 10, accused Rousseff’s supporters of seeking revenge against him, reports the BBC. Former speaker is now stripped off his parliamentary immunity and is barred from politics for eight years.

Cunha also faces a separate probe by the Supreme Court for allegedly receiving massive kickbacks for securing contracts with state oil giant, Petrobras. Three businessmen have already admitted to bribing Cunha and depositing money in his overseas accounts.

Cunha, who the polls consistently show as one of the most unpopular politicians in the nation, has made his career on his knowledge of other politicians’ secrets and has sent out a veiled threat by saying that he will cooperate with investigation authorities probing the wide-ranging Petrobras corruption scandal, writes The Guardian.