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Brazil’s Supreme Court Overturns Senate Speaker Decision

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In a surprising move, Brazil Supreme Court reinstated Senator Renan Calheiros as President of the Senate on Wednesday December 7th, overturning a decision made by Justice Marco Aurelio de Melo two days earlier, on Monday December 5th. The Court, however, withdrew him from the Presidential succession line.

The original request made by the political party Rede Sustentabilidade (Sustainable Network) argued that Calheiros was indicted on charges of embezzlement and could not, as Senate President, be in line for the President’s position.

On Wednesday, however, with a vote of six . . .

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