Brazil’s Supreme Court Declines Injunction To Halt President’s Impeachment

Picture of Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff
Picture of Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff

Brazil’s Supreme Court has denied the request for injunction to halt the impeachment process of President Rousseff and have paved way for the Lower House of Congress to vote on sending the president to trial in Senate.

Majority of Brazil’s Supreme Court have rejected a last-ditch attempt by President Dilma Rousseff to halt the impeachment process against her in advance of a vote in Congress.

Justices of the Supreme Court denied a request on Thursday for an injunction against proceedings that Brazil’s Attorney general , the government lawyer called “Kafkaesque” and said amounted to denying Rousseff the opportunity to defend herself.

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Earlier on Thursday, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, the attorney general, asked the top court for an injunction to suspend Sunday’s lower house vote until the full court can rule on what he called procedural flaws in the impeachment process.Brazil’s lower House of Congress is due to vote on Sunday on sending Rousseff to trial in the Senate. The move could push Brazil from political paralysis into a chaotic power vacuum by ending the 13-year rule of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party.

Al Jazeera’s Latin America Editor Lucia Newman said: “The top court decided in a split vote. Two judges agreed with the attorney general that the president had been denied due process.

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