Ex-President Rousseff allowed to vie for seat in Senate
Dilma Rousseff is competing to represent Minas Gerais state
Published in 04/10/2018 - 14:52 By Felipe Pontes - Brasília
Authorities from Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court today (Oct. 4) decided to confirm the candidacy of former President Dilma Rousseff for the Senate. She is vying this year for one of the two seats dedicated to the state of Minas Gerais, and has been a frontrunner in the polls.
Rousseff’s registration had already been approved by local court authorities, despite the tight 4–3 vote. Her candidacy was challenged ten times.
The opinion of Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, in charge of drawing the report for the case, prevailed, according to which Rousseff did not lose her political rights after she was removed from office, in compliance with Senate decisions.
“Electoral authorities must not deem a decision made by the Senate as correct or incorrect,” Barroso argued. “This could perhaps be the task of the Supreme Court, not the Superior Electoral Court,” he added.
Translation: Fabrício Ferreira - Edition: Kleber Sampaio / Nira Foster