Brazil Deputies Pick Acting President's Ally as Speaker

July 14, 2016 2:56 PM

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The lower house of Brazil's congress has elected a new speaker. It's conservative deputy Rodrigo Maia, who had received half-hearted support from acting President Michel Temer.

The election in the first hours of Thursday put Maia at 285 votes against 170 for Rogerio Rosso, who is closer to Temer and to disgraced former speaker Eduardo Cunha.

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