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On Monday, September 12, 2016, Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted overwhelmingly to strip former speaker Eduardo Cunha of his seat, Reuters reported.
Cunha, who is said to have spearheaded former president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment process, is facing corruption charges. He has been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes on a drill ship contracted out to state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and for having undeclared Swiss bank accounts. "This shows that Brazil will no longer tolerate a politician who turned Congress into a business counter for bribes and favors", said lawmaker Rubens Bueno of the Popular Socialist Party. Soon after proceedings into Cunha’s case began in December 2015, he initiated the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff who was ousted on August 31, 2016. She and her supporters have argued that he whole impeachment campaign was orchestrated by corrupt lawmakers including Cunha who want to end the investigation into billions worth of kickbacks at state oil company Petrobras.