May 11, 2016 / 4:16 PM / 3 years ago

Brazil judge rejects gov't request to annul impeachment

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (R) greets an indigenous woman during the Opening ceremony of the National Policy Conference for Women in Brasilia, Brazil, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki on Wednesday rejected the government’s request to annul impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, calling it “legally implausible”.

The government had sought an injunction to halt the proceedings, arguing that the process was flawed because it was started by the deposed speaker of the lower house Eduardo Cunha, who now faces corruption charges. Government lawyers said Cunha was motivated by political revenge against Rousseff.

Reporting by Maria Pia Palermo; Writing by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Daniel Flynn

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