Brazil presidency seeks to end crisis between Senate, Supreme Court – Reuters

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By Anthony Boadle
| BRASILIA

BRASILIA Brazil’s presidency was working to defuse a constitution crisis between the Supreme Court and the Senate on Wednesday, amid reports the tribunal could allow the indicted head of the Senate to keep his post if he steps out of the presidential succession.

The Supreme Court was due to meet at 2 p.m. (1600 GMT) to decide whether to uphold or overturn an injunction by one of its justices ordering the removal of Renan Calheiros as Senate president, after he was indicted for embezzlement last week.

The removal of Calheiros would put a leftist senator in charge of the Senate whose Workers Party opposes a public spending cap that is the centerpiece of President Michel Temer’s efforts to restore fiscal discipline to Brazil.

Calheiros, whose mandate in charge of the chamber expires when Congress goes into its Christmas recess in a…

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