Brazil’s Dilma Just Lost a Last-Ditch Effort to Avoid Impeachment Vote

Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch attempt by President Dilma Rousseff to avert an impeachment vote in Congress on Friday, further reducing her chances of survival as a new poll showed her short of crucial support from lawmakers.

Rousseff’s attorney general, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, had asked the top court for an injunction to suspend Sunday’s lower house vote until the full court can rule on what he called procedural flaws in the impeachment process.

But the court dismissed the motion 8-2 during a session that ran into the early hours.

Before the decision, a new survey by the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper showed for the first time that Rousseff’s opponents had already secured the 342 lower house votes needed to advance impeachment.

Rousseff, an unpopular leader already struggling with Brazil’s worst economic crisis in decades and a spiraling corruption scandal, has seen support from within her governing coalition steadily erode.

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