Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Brazil's Supreme Court to Mull Impeachment Motion Against Temer
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer reacts during a meeting with leaders of the Allied Base of parties in the Chamber of Deputies, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 17, 2016. | Photo:
Published 17 May 2016

A legal motion has been submitted to the Supreme Court requesting that judicial authorities consider impeaching coup-imposed President Michel Temer.

The Brazilian Supreme court will review a motion to impeach the coup-imposed interim President Michel Temer, who took over for his predecessor Dilma Rousseff last week, following a Senate vote temporarily stripping her of duties as head of state while she faces a six-month trial that is likely to result in her impeachment.

Judge Marco Aurelio Mello, one of the 11 members of the Brazilian Supreme court, announced on Tuesday that he will submit the legal claim accusing Temer of offenses similar to those allegedly committed by Rousseff.

The legal motion, which was filed by independent attorney Mariel Marley Marra, was filed after it had been rejected by lower house lawmakers.

Marley told EFE news agency that her legal justification for impeachment was predicated on the argument that Temer had signed four executive decrees in 2015 that modified the state budget without receiving congressional approval, as required by law.

Meanwhile, Marley point out that lawmakers voted to impeach Rousseff on the grounds that she had illegally issued a series of special decrees in 2015 that increased spending by borrowing without Congress’ approval.

It has not been announced when members of the Supreme Court will meet in order to discuss whether to move forward with the case.

Temer has been put in office for a period of 180 days while Rousseff is suspended to face an impeachment trial. If the impeachment succeeds, Temer will be installed permanently for the remainder of the presidential term.

Temer is a right-wing politician who has already announced many pro-corporate, neoliberal measures to deal with Brazil's economic downturn due to low oil prices.

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