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Brazil: Leftist deputy asks court to block impeachment vote

Unionists and Worker's Party (PT) supporters demonstrate in support of President Dilma Rousseff and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Curitiba, Brazil on March 31, 2016Brasília (AFP) – A deputy from the ruling Workers’ Party has appealed to Brazil’s Supreme Court in an effort to block the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff ahead of Wednesday’s Senate vote. Deputy Paulo Teixeira asked the court to annul a vote taken on April 17, saying political leaders had exercised illegal and improper pressure on their members, local news media reported Saturday. At a plenary session on that day, an overwhelming majority of parliament (367 to 146 members) voted to launch impeachment proceedings against the leftist president, whom the opposition accuses of illegally manipulating government budget numbers to help her re-election chances in 2014.

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