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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff gets a win in impeachment battle

Published 18/12/2015 | 15:26

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a ceremony where she signed a presidential decree giving tax breaks to companies that join the
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a ceremony where she signed a presidential decree giving tax breaks to companies that join the "Green Free Trade Zone" at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. To be part of the Green Free Trade Zone, industries must use local raw materials. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's Supreme Court has given embattled President Dilma Rousseff a major victory against attempts to remove her from office.

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The court has annulled an opposition-leaning impeachment commission that would kick off the proceedings in the lower house. A new group of policymakers for the commission must be selected.

The ruling found irregularities in the way the impeachment commission election was formed. The justices also say the Senate has the right to halt the impeachment process even if the full lower house approves it.

The decision is another blow to a key impeachment advocate, speaker Eduardo Cunha. He made all of the decisions overruled by the court and faces corruption and obstruction of justice charges of his own.

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