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Brazilian parties urge Supreme Court to bar Rousseff from politics

The Senate on August 31 had voted to remove Rousseff from power on charges of manipulating the federal budget. Photograph: (Getty)

Brasilia , Brazil Sep 02, 2016, 10.03 PM (IST)
After the Senate vote that removed former Brazilian president Dilma Roussef from office on Wednesday, country's governing coalition has sought to overturn the decision to allow her to remain politically active. 

An unexpected second vote in the Brazilian Senate has allowed Rousseff to seek further political office.  

Major parties in the coalition pressed the Supreme court on Friday to override the Senate's decision.

 "They did a last-minute legal trick and guaranteed the former president's political rights," Senator Jose Medeiros, of the Social Democratic Party, said on Friday. 

His motion was joined by another from the Democrats party and the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, two heavyweights in the coalition assembled by the new President Michel Temer, following a similar motion by Green Party Senator Alvaro Dias on Thursday.

The Senate on August 31 had voted to remove Rousseff from power for paralysing the economy by manipulating the federal budget. 

“Political plan is to oppose the government”

Rousseff, who has denied any wrongdoing, said that the Senate made the decision because they were undecided whether the charges levelled against her validated the ban to disallow her to serve in a public office for the next eight years.

She said she would remain politically active to oppose the ''illegitimate'' government of President Michel Temer. Temer was sworn in as Brazil's new president three hours after Rousseff's ouster. 

"My political plan is to oppose this government," she said.

Rousseff's lawyer Jose Eduardo Cardozo said the attempt deny her political rights will not yield results because the Supreme Court would have to annul both votes in the Senate since one had influenced the other.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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