Tribunal confirms Dilma Rousseff's right to aspire to the Senate in Brazil

Tribunal confirms Dilma Rousseff's right to aspire to the Senate in Brazil

The Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Brazil confirmed today the right of the ex-president Dilma Rousseff to contest the legislative elections next Sunday, in which she aspires to a seat in the Senate by the state of Minas Gerais and is indicated as a favorite by the polls

The highest electoral authority of Brazil confirmed on Thursday, by unanimous vote of its seven members, the decision announced last month by the Regional Electoral Court of Minas Gerais to validate the registration of Rousseff's candidacy to the Senate, which had received a dozen Challenges

The decision had been in doubt because in the regional court it was only approved by four of its seven members and rejected by three, a division that was used by different parties to submit new appeals before the TSE against the candidacy of the former president (2011- 2016).

According to the complaints, Rousseff would be disqualified electorally because she was removed from the mandate of president by Congress in 2016 after being found guilty in a political trial in which he was accused of making up the public accounts.

The loss of the mandate in a political trial, according to the plaintiffs, automatically prohibits the condemned to aspire to public office in the next eight years.

The members of the TSE, however, supported the arguments of the trial instructor, Luis Roberto Barroso, according to which the Senate itself made two votes, one of which approved the dismissal of the then head of state and in another kept his political rights, for which it would be apt to dispute the elections.

"The Electoral Justice has no competence to analyze whether the decision made by the Senate is correct or wrong, that decision, in case someone questions it, corresponds to the Supreme Court," said Barroso.

The former president leads the Senate voting intention polls in the state of Minas Gerais for Sunday's elections, making her a favorite to keep one of the two seats in dispute in that jurisdiction.

Rousseff is a candidate for the Workers Party (PT), the formation led by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was disqualified from competing in the presidential elections due to his condition as a prisoner and convicted in the second instance for corruption.

Lula, who led the polls until he was declared ineligible, chose as his successor in the presidential contest the former minister Fernando Haddad, who is in second place in the polls behind the ultra-rightist deputy Jair Bolsonaro.

According to the polls, Bolsonaro and Haddad, as the two most voted presidential candidates on Sunday, will have to contest a second round on October 28, in which they appear technically tied.


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