Brazil's President temporarily strips two ministers of positions so they can vote

Brazilian President Michel Temer temporarily dismissed two ministers on 10 October 2016 so they could participate in a vote on a constitutional amendment limiting federal spending increases to the previous year’s inflation rate (Jornal do Brasil, Folha de S. Paulo). Mines and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho and Cities Minister Bruno Araújo, who were appointed by Temer in May 2016, resumed their previous positions as federal deputies for the vote, scheduled for the afternoon of 10 October 2016. Their substitutes in the Chamber of Deputies, Creuza Pereira (PSB-PE) and Severino Ninho (PSB-PE), had previously announced they were undecided on the vote because of the mayoral race in Recife. Temer’s administration believes it already has over 350 votes, more than the 308 necessary to pass the amendment in the Chamber of Deputies, but he wants to secure every vote in favor of the amendment he can.