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Brazil Court Ruling Throws Open Races for Congressional Leadership Positions


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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A decision by Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF), barring the current leaders of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies from re-election in February, has thrown open the race to replace them and cleared the way for a frenzied final few weeks of legislation this year.

Six of the top court’s 11 justices ruled late on Sunday, December 6th, in a remote vote, that the Constitution clearly prohibited the re-election of Senate President Davi Alcolumbre and Chamber President Rodrigo Maia.

The fight to control Congress has distracted lawmakers from a legislative agenda that includes . . .

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