Electoral court confirms ouster of Amazonas governor

New direct elections will be held this semester, court says

Published in 04/05/2017 - 16:26 By Felipe Pontes reports from Agência Brasil - Brasília

Governador do Amazonas, José Melo (Herick Pereira/Secom-Amazonas)

José Melo was convicted for buying votes in the 2014 elections, when he was re-elected in the second round with 55.5% of votesHerick Pereira/Secom-Amazonas

Brazil's Superior Electoral Court confirmed the ouster of José Melo, governor of the northern state of Amazonas. He was convicted for buying votes in the 2014 elections, when he was re-elected in the second round with 55.5% of votes. The decision, voted 5-2 and issued Thursday (May 4), is to be brought into force immediately.

Most justices also understood that new direct elections must be held in the state this semester. Vice-governor Henrique Oliveira, was also stripped of his office.

The session held Thursday confirms a previous decision, made in March last year by the Regional Electoral Court of Amazonas.


Translated by Fabrício Ferreira


Fonte: Electoral court confirms ouster of Amazonas governor

Edition: Graça Adjuto / José Romildo

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