Supreme Court Suspends Brazilian Senate Leader, Renan Calheiros

By Ikenga Chronicles December 7, 2016

Supreme Court Suspends Brazilian Senate Leader, Renan Calheiros

A Supreme Court judge, Marco Aurelio Mello has on Tuesday December 6 suspended Brazil’s Senate Leader Renan Calheiros over damning corruption allegations.

Protesters had on Sunday held demonstrations demanding Calheiros’ ouster, with a crowd in Brasilia chanting “Lock Renan up!” as they performed a mock funeral with a coffin inscribed “corruption.”

The suspension is with ‘’immediate effect’’ as it awaits the confirmation of the majority of judges on the Supreme Court bench.

The decision to suspend the Senate leader came as an opposition group, Rede, called for the suspension based on the premise that an official in line for presidential succession — as the Senate leader is — cannot hold his or her position while facing corruption trial.

Calheiros is facing trial for alleged embezzlement and for using public funds to make maintenance payments to a woman with whom he had a child.

According to reports, plans are in top gear to pick  Calheiros’ successor while the corruption trial lasts.

Meanwhile, reports say that Renan Calheiros currently has no intention of abiding by the court’s ruling.

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