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Brazil government seeks injunction to stop impeachment

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
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Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s top government lawyer sought an injunction at the Supreme Court on Thursday to halt what he called the “kafkaesque” efforts to impeach President Dilma Rousseff ahead of a crucial vote this weekend.

Solicitor General Jose Eduardo Cardozo filed the request for an injunction, saying the congressional assault on Rousseff has “gone beyond the original limits of the (impeachment) case accepted by the speaker of the house.”

“Evidence unrelated to the case has been included in the process, such as matters related to President Dilma (Rousseff)’s previous term,” he said.

Cardozo called the impeachment drive “a truly kafkaesque process in which the accused is unable to know precisely what he is accused of or why.”

“The process is violating President Dilma Rousseff’s right to defense.”

The appeal was lodged as Rousseff entered the final days of an increasingly uphill battle to amass enough support to defeat a vote authorizing impeachment in the lower house of Congress on Sunday.

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