Brazil's Supreme Court Bars Attempt to Trample the Constitution for The Re-Election of Maia and Alcolumbre in Congress

Fux, Barroso and Fachin vote against Gilmar's position this Sunday and bury the chance of their reelection in the Senate and the Chamber

By six votes to 5, the STF (Supreme Federal Court) barred this Sunday night (6) the possibility of the reelection of congressional leader Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ) and Senate leader Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP).

For most ministers, the reappointment is unconstitutional. The vote of the Supreme Court President, Luiz Fux, was not disclosed. But he disagreed with the vote of the rapporteur Gilmar Mendes, who authorized reelection.

Rodrigo Maia (DEM - RJ) and David Alcolumbre. Foto:Michel Jesus/Câmara dos Deputados - Michel Jesus/Câmara dos Deputad

At the end of this Sunday night, the votes of Justices Luís Roberto Barroso and Edson Fachin were published, who took a stand against reelection in Congress and enshrined the result.

The Constitution prohibits the heads of the Houses from attempting to renew the post within the same legislature. The current legislature began in February 2019 and runs through February 2023.

Despite their reelection's constitutional illegality, Maia and Alcolumbre had hoped to receive an endorsement by the Supreme Court Justices. They were spurred on by recent constitutional changes and behind the scenes negotiating.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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