Brazil asks Supreme Court to annul impeachment

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Brazil’s political drama took another turn on Thursday after the government asked the Supreme Court to annul the impeachment process against embattled president Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil’s attorney-general said in a Twitter message that he has submitted a request to the Supreme Court to nullify the proceedings.

The move to oust Ms Rousseff took a big step forward this week after a congressional committee voted on Monday that impeachment proceedings against Brazil’s president should go ahead.

The lower house is scheduled to vote Sunday on whether to proceed with impeachment.

If two-thirds of the lower house of congress’s 513 members approve the motion, it will move to the senate, where a formal political trial will take place.

Ms Rousseff — who is facing charges that her administration fudged the government budget in order to boost spending ahead of her 2014 election — has said the claims are baseless and has decried the impeachment as a thinly disguised coup attempt.

Indeed, as Bloomberg reports, the attorney general’s office argues in an email statement that the process in the lower house to oust Ms Rousseff was flawed and therefore could not continue.

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