Brazil’s President Rousseff loses appeal, faces suspension

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff attends a meeting on state land issues, at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, April 15, 2016. The lower chamber of Brazil's Congress began a debate on whether to impeach Rousseff, a question that underscores deep polarization in Latin America's largest country and most powerful economy. The crucial vote is slated for Sunday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff attends a meeting on state land issues, at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, April 15, 2016. The lower chamber of Brazil’s Congress began a debate on whether to impeach Rousseff, a question that underscores deep polarization in Latin America’s largest country and most powerful economy. The crucial vote is slated for Sunday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s Supreme Court has on Wednesday in Brasilia, rejected an appeal by President Dilma Rousseff, to block a Senate vote on her impeachment.

The court prosecutor said the decision by Judge Teori Zavascki has paved the way for the Seante to decide whether to suspend Rousseff and put her on trial over allegations that she illegally manipulated the budget to hide a growing fiscal deficit.

A report said the senators have begun debating ahead of a vote expected to last well into the night.

It explained that if the Senate votes by a simple majority to consider the impeachment, Rousseff would be suspended for 180 days, during which time the Senate would investigate the case.

It said further that a two-thirds majority would then be required in the upper house to permanently remove her from office.

In a last-ditch effort to block the vote, Rousseff had filed an appeal late Tuesday asking the court to suspend the Congressional proceedings because it constituted an “abuse of power.”

In her filing to the Supreme Court, Rousseff accused bitter rival and former speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, of abusing his power in calling the April vote.

Cunha was suspended last week over accusations of obstructing a corruption investigation against him.

The legal tactic was the latest in a series of dramatic manoeuvres around the process to remove Rousseff from office.

In April, the lower house of parliament voted to impeach Rousseff, who has been president since 2011 and …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper