Attorney General Eduardo Cardozo, the government’s top lawyer, asked the Supreme Court to annul impeachment proceedings, his office said.
Speaker Eduardo Maranhao on Monday had annulled a vote by the lower house due to “procedural flaws” in the April 17 vote that left the decision in the Senate’s hands. In a statement to the Senate, Maranhao did not cite any reason for backtracking the lower house’s decision.
If a simple majority agrees to put her on trial, Rousseff will be suspended from office on Thursday, leaving Vice President Michel Temer in power for up to six months during her trial.
If Rousseff is convicted and removed definitively, Temer would stay in the post until elections in 2018.
With the prospect looming of an end to 13 years of rule by Rousseff’s leftist Workers Party or PT, anti-impeachment protesters blocked roads with burning tires in demonstrations in Sao Paulo, the capital Brasilia and other cities, snarling morning traffic.