Brazil’s Supreme Court overturned a government motion and allowed voting on impeachment to continue as scheduled on Sunday, delivering a blow to Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to keep her presidency. In a special session Thursday night, the court shot down arguments made earlier in the day by Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo that the impeachment process was flawed and the administration hadn’t received the right to a proper defense. In an eight to two vote, the justices ruled against the government in a marathon session that ran past midnight. They also decided Congress can’t rule on allegations that weren’t included in the original impeachment request, which was accepted in December. The court ruling also threatens to give the impeachment request against Rousseff an added air of legitimacy, after the administration spent months trying to paint it as an attempted coup.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.