Legal Setbacks Buffet Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

REED JOHNSON AND LUCIANA MAGALHAES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/9/2015 

Brazil’s unpopular President Dilma Rousseff this week suffered two legal setbacks that have opened a possible path toward her impeachment as Brazil’s economy crumbles, but the prospect still seems distant amid the country’s political stalemate.

On Tuesday, an electoral court allowed a lawsuit to advance that seeks to annul last year’s presidential election, in which Ms. Rousseff won a second four-year term, over allegations of illegal campaign funding. The following day, Brazil’s government-accounting watchdog found that the Rousseff administration manipulated the country’s 2014 fiscal accounts to mask a ballooning deficit, a potentially impeachable offense.

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