BRASÍLIA: Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Congress must restart impeachment proceedings against Dilma Rousseff from scratch and overhauled the procedure, in a badly needed win for the embattled president. In an 8-3 decision, the judges annulled an opposition-dominated impeachment commission established by secret ballot in the lower house last week and ordered the procedure be restarted in an open vote.
It also gave the final word on whether to open an impeachment trial to the Senate, where Rousseff has greater support. Rousseff is accused of fudging the government’s accounts during her re-election campaign last year. The 68-year-old leftist maintains the budgeting maneuvers were accepted practice.