The new Speaker of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on Monday signed an order annuling an April Chamber vote impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, creating legal havoc in an already complex process. Speaker Waldir Maranhão, himself in office less than a week, signed an order declaring an overwhelming April 17 vote in favor of impeachment as “null and void” because of various alleged voting irregularities. Impeachment, meanwhile, has already advanced to the Senate, which is set for its own vote this coming Wednesday. Maranhão has asked the Senate to halt impeachment proceedings. Senate President Renan Calheiros, however, has not yet responded to Maranhão’s demand. A Senate response is likely for later Monday.
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