Rio city council votes against opening impeachment of mayor

Supporters of Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella raise their hands in front of a sign that reads in Portuguese: "Out Bishop, Mayor Crivella, Impeachment now"

Supporters of Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella raise their hands in front of a sign that reads in Portuguese: "Out Bishop, Mayor Crivella, Impeachment now"

A supporter of Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella, left, argues with an opposition demonstrator in front of City Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jul

A supporter of Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella, left, argues with an opposition demonstrator in front of City Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jul

A woman protests against Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella outside City Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Rio's city council is analyz

A woman protests against Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella outside City Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Rio's city council is analyz

A supporter of Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella, center facing camera, argues with opposition demonstrators during a protest outside City Hall in Rio de Jan

A supporter of Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella, center facing camera, argues with opposition demonstrators during a protest outside City Hall in Rio de Jan

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The city council in Rio de Janeiro has voted against opening impeachment proceedings against Mayor Marcelo Crivella.

Last week, the newspaper O Globo reported that Crivella held a meeting with members of Brazil's Universal Church of Kingdom of God at which he discussed helping them access public services. Crivella was a bishop in the evangelical church.

Some city council members contended the mayor was inappropriately offering favors to church members and filed requests for his impeachment. The council voted 29 to 16 Thursday against opening proceedings.

While many Brazilians identify as evangelical, Crivella's connection to the Universal church has raised hackles. He was criticized for skipping last year's Carnival celebrations and for cutting funding for the city's gay pride parade.