Ousted Brazilian President goes to Supreme Court


Brazil’s ousted President Dilma Rousseff has appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the Senate’s decision to remove her from office for breaking budgetary rules.




The Senate voted 61-20 on Wednesday to dismiss the leftist leader, confirming her conservative Vice President Michel Temer as president for the remainder of her term through 2018.

Ms Rousseff’s lawyer, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, sought the injunction on grounds that lawyers for her accusers had made changes to their case that violated the rightA to due process, after they argued the president should also be judged for an economic crisis and sprawling corruption scandal in Brazil.

In the unlikely event the Supreme Court approved an injunction, Mr Temer would return to being interim president while the Senate trial was repeated.

So far, all requests made by Ms Rousseff’s defence on the merits of the impeachment process against her have been rejected by the Supreme Court, whose Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski presided over her impeachment trial.

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