Stop gap

Brazilian president resorts to Supreme Court to delay impeachment process

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Brazil’s beleaguered president Dilma Rousseff has taken to the Supreme Court to avert an impeachment vote that was planned for Sunday in the lower house of Congress. Her attorney general, José Eduardo Cardozo petitioned the court to suspend the vote based on “procedural irregularities” in the impeachment process. As Rousseff seemed likely to lose this vote, this would bring the impeachment process over her alleged puffing up of campaign budgets to the Senate. If they approve the measure to remove her from office, Rousseff could be replaced by her VP, Michel Temer, as soon as May, pending a further impeachment trial. The fact that her government is resorting to the Supreme Court so quickly, however, made it clear that they were definitely expecting to lose Sunday’s vote.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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