Senator Eunicio Oliveira was elected Senate president despite accusations that he took a bribe from a defendant in a sweeping graft investigation
Senator Eunicio Oliveira attends a senate session to elect of the President of the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia, Brazil February 1, 2017. REUTERS /Adriano Machado, photo: Reuters/Adriano Machado
01 of February 2017 17:03:24
BRASILIA - Brazil's Senate elected an ally of President Michel Temer as its new leader on Wednesday, providing key support in the upper chamber for proposed reforms to restore fiscal discipline.Senator Eunicio Oliveira, 64, was elected Senate president by a vote of 61-10, despite accusations that he took a bribe of 2.1 million reais ($670,000) from a defendant in a sweeping graft investigation. Oliveira has denied the bribery allegation.Oliveira was leader of Temer's Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) in the Senate. His election for two years will help Temer muster support for a bill reforming Brazil's costly pension system, part of his plan to plug a huge budget deficit.