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Brazil shelves bill to limit prosecutors

BRASILIA — Brazil’s Congress has shelved legislation that was a target of nationwide protests, hours before another round of demonstrations on Wednesday.

The lower house of Congress voted 403-9 late Tuesday to drop a measure that would have limited the investigative powers of federal prosecutors, a bill that many feared would make it harder to prosecute official corruption.

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The wave of protests that hit Brazil on June 17 began as opposition to transportation fare hikes, then expanded to a list of causes including anger at high taxes, poor services, and high World Cup spending before coalescing around the issue of government corruption.

It has become the largest eruption of public demonstrations Latin America’s biggest nation has seen in two decades. At many protests in the past week, a sea of signs denounced the proposal to strip prosecutors of the ability to investigate.

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