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Brazilian Congressional Leader Resigns

A top Brazilian lawmaker has resigned amid a corruption scandal that has also damaged support for President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Severino Cavalcanti, head of Brazil's lower house of Congress, submitted his resignation Wednesday. He again denied allegations that he accepted almost $50,000 in bribes from a catering company.

Lawmakers could have considered impeachment proceedings if Mr. Cavalcanti did not step down.

The 74-year-old politician is a close ally of Brazil's president. Several members of the Lula government have been accused of bribing lawmakers to win votes in congress.

A poll published Wednesday shows public opinion of Mr. Silva's leadership continues to spiral downward. Only 29 percent of those polled approve of his government, down from 35 percent in June.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.