Brazil’s ruling party, the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores), on Thursday filed a motion with the nation’s Supreme Court seeking to halt impeachment proceedings in Congress against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and then withdrew the motion just hours later. The motion was withdrawn when the court announced that Associate Justice Gilmar Mendes had been assigned to review it. Mendes, a frequent critic of alleged corruption in the Rousseff administration, was virtually certain to deny the motion, according to political analysts. 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. Press reports Thursday said the committee could be impaneled as early as Monday. The petition, drawn up by a group of legal scholars, cites alleged irregularities in the administration’s management of the federal budget, among other accusations.
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