December 17, 2015 / 8:44 PM / 3 years ago

Brazil's top court approves Senate overrule in Rousseff impeachment

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Senate can review the grounds for impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff even if the lower house votes to impeach her, a decision that could help the leftist leader stay in office.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gestures during a meeting with social movements at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Rousseff’s opponents, who are seeking to unseat her for allegedly breaking budget laws, argued that the Senate must automatically suspend the president and begin a trial that can last six months. Rousseff has better chances in the Senate to block impeachment, which requires two-thirds of the votes in both chambers.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Diane Craft

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