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What to Expect From Brazil's Top Electoral Court Ruling

Brazilian President Michel Temer has defied expectations by finding ways to hang on to powerMore Brazilian President Michel Temer has defied expectations by finding ways to hang on to powerMore
Kenny Thornton | 08 June, 2017, 19:01

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Judges on Brazil's top electoral court argued on Wednesday whether to accept new evidence of alleged illegal campaign contributions that stem from a sweeping probe of graft in Latin America's largest nation as they consider a case that could force President Michel Temer from office.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) opened the first of four scheduled sessions to decide whether the 2014 re-election of president Dilma Rousseff and her then-vice president Temer should be invalidated because of corrupt campaign funding.

The court has no deadline to reach a decision and could take weeks to rule, though the political turmoil Brazil is living through as it faces the potential second ouster of a president in a year will put pressure on the judges to reach a conclusion quickly.

Temer faces investigations for corruption and obstruction of justice after an explosive wiretap recording caught the president endorsing bribes to ensure Cunha's silence as a powerful witness in government fraud cases.

According to the G1 news portal, Temer's defence team was surprised to receive the questions, after the Supreme Court authorised the procedure last week.

An agent of the Brazilian Federal Police does a security sweep with a dog, inside the chambers of the Superior Electoral Court, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Temer has been hanging by a thread since the revelation of a secret audio clip in which he is allegedly heard giving his blessing to payment of hush money by a meatpacking tycoon to a top politician jailed for corruption.

The trial, which began in April but had been delayed, has resumed with Temer facing separate corruption allegations.

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The investigation into construction fraud in a 2014 World Cup stadium in Brazil's northeastern city of Natal, the Arena das Dunas stadium, is one of several stadiums to come under investigation.

The defense of former president, Dilma Rousseff, impeached a year ago for mismanagement of funds, denies any irregularity and maintains that the entire campaign funding was documented and monitored.

The political crisis engulfing Temer's government deepened on Saturday with the arrest of a close aide who was seen in a police video receiving a bag filled with 500,000 reais ($152,000) in cash.

The hearing was expected to last three days, and would look into funds that Rousseff and Temer's campaign received from companies involved in the scandals uncovered at state-owned energy giant Petrobras.

Both Rousseff, 69, and Temer, 76, have denied wrongdoing.

Temer's lawyer Gustavo Guedes on Sunday claimed that Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot - who heads the corruption probe - was leaning on the TSE "to find the president guilty".

If Temer is removed from office, lower house speaker Rodrigo Maia would take over and Congress would have 30 days to pick a caretaker to lead the country until elections in late 2018. Adding to that threat is the possibility that further suspects in the corruption scandal will strike plea bargains with prosecutors and testify against Mr Temer.

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