March 9, 2016 / 10:09 PM / a year ago

Brazil supreme court majority votes to block appointment of justice minister

SAO PAULO, March 9 (Reuters) - A majority of justices on Brazil's supreme court voted on Wednesday to issue an injunction against President Dilma Rousseff's appointment of prosecutor Wellington Lima e Silva as her new justice minister.

The injunction filed by an opposition party argued that Lima e Silva is a prosecutor in the state of Bahia and cannot under Brazilian law hold a second job. Lima e Silva, who was sworn in on Thursday, resigned as Bahia prosecutor on Monday. (Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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