Brazil’s supreme electoral court begins on Monday (April 4) the trial of the 2014 presidential election winner ticket (Dilma Rousseff – Michel Temer) charged with unlawful practices during the electoral campaign, what may lead to the annullment of the 2014 elections, what would imply the end of President Michel Temer’s current mandate.
In August 2016, the Senate impeached Dilma Rousseff, charged of commiting fiscal crimes. If President Michel Temer eventually follows the same fate, the Federal Constitution determines that Congress must elect choose a new head of state.
The case initiated in November 2014, immediately after the presidential election. Defeated candidate Aecio Neves, who lost by a small gap (3.28 percent) accused the winner, Dilma Rousseff, of foul plain (“abuse of economic power” during the campaign) and demanded the election’s annullment.
The sitting judges at the TSE consist of three justices from the Supreme Court (STF), two justices from the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), and two lawyers.