Brazil’s Attorney General asks top court to oust house speaker

Luciana Magalhaes & Rogerio Jelmayer – The Wall Street Journal, 12/16/2015

Brazil’s top prosecutor on Wednesday asked the country’s Supreme Court to remove embattled House Speaker Eduardo Cunha from Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, the latest twist in a deepening political crisis that has paralyzed the nation’s leadership.

In a filing with Brazil’s top court, Attorney General Rodrigo Janot asked that Mr. Cunha be removed from the lower house for allegedly using his speaker’s position to obstruct an investigation into a continuing corruption probe in which Mr. Cunha has been implicated.

Mr. Janot said Mr. Cunha’s removal is necessary to ensure that the investigation continues unimpeded by politics.

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