Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gains time to block opposition impeachment attempts after the Supreme Court grants an injunction to a congressional vote. Julie Noce reports.
A ruling by the Brazilian Supreme Court gives President Dilma Rousseff more time to muster congressional votes to block efforts to impeach her on charges of manipulating government accounts. Opposition parties were trying to force a vote in the lower house that could have opened proceedings to impeach the president as early as this week. But Rousseff's party asked for an injunction on that vote- and on Tuesday- the Supreme Court granted it. The speaker of the lower house said he would continue to review impeachment requests despite the injunction. Rousseff's camp think the speaker might be trying to speed up the impeachment process because he's under pressure to resign in connection with a corruption scandal. A spokesperson for Rousseff called on congress not to harm the Brazilian people by playing politics. "We can't allow the country to go into paralysis because of a political determination defending the impeachment process," he said. Brazil's worst recession in 25 years and a major corruption scandal at the state-run oil company Petrobras have pushed Rousseff's approval ratings into single digits.