The Brazilian Supreme Court, in a ruling handed down in the early morning hours of Friday, denied a government move to delay impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. Lawyers for Rousseff argued she had been denied an adequate defense. The court ruled otherwise, clearing the way for a congressional vote on impeachment Sunday. Rousseff is accused of budget manipulation and of tolerating widespread corruption in her administration. Impeachment requires a two-thirds vote of the 513-member Chamber of Deputies, or 342. The Estade de São Paulo news agency, in its daily congressional poll Friday, said pro-impeachment forces can now count on 343 votes, with only 128 supporting the President and 42 undecided.
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