Brazil’s indicted Senate head removed by Supreme Court

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Monday removed Senator Renan Calheiros as president of the Senate after the top court indicted him last week on charges of embezzlement, a court spokesman said, a move that could put the government’s belt-tightening agenda in peril.

His replacement on Tuesday by Senator Jorge Vianna of the leftist Workers Party, who opposes spending cuts, could block steps to control a widening budget deficit and recoup confidence in Latin America’s largest economy mired in a deep recession.

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