Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attends the ceremony for the sanction of the legal framework for science, technology and innovation, in Brasilia, on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ANDRESSA ANHOLETE
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A Supreme Court ruling last month that expanded the authority of the Senate, where she has a more solid backing, and reduced the clout of lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha, her arch enemy who triggered the impeachment process, has weakened the bid by opposition parties to unseat Rousseff.Her critics accuse Rousseff of manipulating government accounts to boost public spending during her 2014 re-election campaign.But in recent weeks, a growing consensus has emerged in Brazil's political establishment that the evidence against Rousseff is too flimsy to justify impeachment.Her government is confident it has more than the one third of votes she needs in each chamber to block impeachment.The PMDB, which controls both chambers of Congress, has six cabinet ministries plus the vice presidency and party barons are split over whether to relinquish power so far ahead of the 2018 presidential race when it plans to field its own candidate.Last year, Temer was presenting himself as the man to pull Brazil out of crisis if Rousseff was impeached.
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