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Rousseff Appeals to Brazil's Highest Court, Seeks to Overturn Ouster

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FILE - Dilma Rousseff, pictures at her impeachment trial in Brasilia, Aug. 29, 2016, contends in her appeal that opposition attorneys violated her right to due process.

FILE - Dilma Rousseff, pictures at her impeachment trial in Brasilia, Aug. 29, 2016, contends in her appeal that opposition attorneys violated her right to due process.

Dilma Rousseff, ousted this week as Brazil's president, has filed an appeal with the country's highest court to challenge the Federal Senate's decision to remove her from office for breaking budgetary rules.

Brazil's senate voted Wednesday to dismiss the leftist leader and confirm her conservative vice president, Michel Temer, as president for the remainder of her term through 2018.

The appeal before Brazil's Supreme Federal Court, filed by Rousseff's attorney, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, demands "the immediate suspension of the effects of the senate decision."

Cardozo's appeal accused the opposition attorneys of violating her right to due process. If the court grants the injunction, Temer would return to being interim president while the senate trial is repeated.

So far, all requests made by Rousseff's defense on the merits of the impeachment process against her have been rejected by the high court, whose chief justice, Ricardo Lewandowski, presided over her impeachment trial.

Millions took to the streets across Brazil this year to demand Rousseff's removal, less than two years after she was re-elected, as Brazil slid into its deepest recession in decades and a graft scandal at state oil company Petrobras tarnished her coalition.

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