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Fri Jun 6, 2014, 02:43 AM

Brazil online petition spurs anti-corruption bill vote

Brazil online petition spurs anti-corruption bill vote

06 June 2014 09:44 (Last updated 06 June 2014 09:56)

Brazilian activists have put pressure on lawmakers to lodge an emergency Senate vote on legislation banning corporate election donations.


Brazil's Senate is set to vote on previously-shelved legislation banning corporate election donations after pressure from thousands of ordinary Brazilians, online activist network Avaaz reported Thursday.

A group of 60 senators signed an emergency vote request for the legislation after receiving thousands of emails and phone calls and an online petition campaign, spearheaded by the network.

"Our politicians have been for sale for far too long, with the World Cup stadiums showing how out of control this has become," Avaaz campaign director, Michael Freitas Mohallem, said.

"The people of Brazil want elections, not auctions. This law could bring an end to Brazilís shame and be bigger than any World Cup legacy."


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