Brazil’s ruling party, the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores), will seek a Supreme Court injunction halting impeachment proceedings in Congress against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, a top administration lawyer said Thursday. Brazilian Solicitor-General Luis Inácio Adams told the Folha de São Paulo news agency in an interview that party leaders will seek an immediate halt to impeachment proceedings by asking for a Supreme Court injunction. On Wednesday, Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Cunha initiated impeachment proceedings against Rousseff by ordering creation of a special committee to review a public petition against the President. Adams said the PT’s Supreme Court brief will argue that Cunha’s action was unconstitutional because it was staken “for personal reasons only, rather than for the public good,” Adams said. In a brief television address Wednesday night, Rousseff said she was “indignant” regarding Cunha’s action. She said the impeachment petition against her was based on allegations which were “utterly unfounded.” The petition cites alleged irregularities in the administration’s management of the federal budget, among other accusations.
Link to Folha news agency article.