Brazil Court Ruling Throws Open Races for Congressional Leadership Positions

With the current leaders heading out the door in February, the struggle to control Congress will intensify.

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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