Brazil election court eyes end to Temer's presidency

Sunday, 4 June, 2017 - 20:29

Brazil's Michel Temer may already be fighting a devastating corruption scandal, but next week he faces a more immediate threat: a court ruling on whether he should even be president.

The case in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal or TSE was long considered a slow-burning sideshow to the manic developments in Brazil's corruption revelations, which have now reached the top.

The TSE case alleges that the reelection victory in 2014 of president Dilma Rousseff and her then vice president Temer was fatally tainted by illegal campaign funds and other irregularities and therefore should be annulled.

In other words, if the TSE -- due to hold four sessions between late Tuesday and Thursday -- rules against Rousseff and Temer, his mandate could be ended.

Until recently the trial was seen as somewhat obscure, with a result at worst leading to a conviction of Rousseff while letting off Temer.

However, since Temer became embroiled in an investigation into crimes including his alleged attempt to pay hush money to a corruption witness, pressure has been building on the TSE to take the opportunity to bring Temer down.