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Annulment in Brazil impeachment drama is reversed

Published 10/05/2016

The acting speaker of the lower house of Brazil's Congress Waldir Maranhao (AP)
The acting speaker of the lower house of Brazil's Congress Waldir Maranhao (AP)

Brazil's interim speaker has reversed a controversial decision that would have annulled a key vote in the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff.

Waldir Maranhao's annulment of the April 17 vote in the Chamber of Deputies plunged the impeachment process into uncertainty and sowed further discord among Brazil's fractious political class.

The first move early on Monday would have annulled the 367-137 vote to oust Ms Rousseff, which sent the matter to the Senate for a possible trial of the president.

The head of the Senate vowed to ignore Mr Maranhao's decision and plough ahead with the process.

Mr Marahnao's spokesman Marcos Alberto said the acting speaker reversed the decision just over 12 hours after his initial decision.

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