UPDATE 4-Brazil's Rousseff struggles to squash impeachment threat

miércoles 7 de octubre de 2015 17:24 GYT

(Updates with new reversal for government)

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA Oct 7 (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court dealt President Dilma Rousseff a blow on Wednesday in her fight to avert impeachment proceedings by refusing to delay a ruling by auditors on alleged doctoring of government accounts.

Later on Wednesday, Brazil's Federal Accounts Court, known as the TCU, is expected to reject her government's accounts because budget results were manipulated to allow more spending in the run-up to her re-election last year.

Some of her opponents are waiting to pounce on the ruling as a pretext to impeach the president for violating Brazil's budget law, although it is not clear how much support they will have inside Congress.

In a last-ditch bid to win time, the government asked the Supreme Court to delay Wednesday's ruling, but the top court denied the injunction.

In a further reversal for Rousseff, the TCU unanimously rejected her attorney general's request to remove the judge auditing her administration's 2014 accounts for publicly declaring weeks ago that he planned to find them invalid.

It was the besieged leader's third setback of the day after her government failed to get enough support in Congress for her efforts to rebalance the country's overdrawn public accounts. Rousseff is also reeling from a ruling on Tuesday that cleared the way for a separate probe on alleged funding irregularities in her re-election campaign last year.

Congress put off for a fourth time a session on whether to back or overturn her vetoes of two spending bills after her government was unable to gather enough lawmakers for a quorum despite a cabinet reshuffle last week meant to bolster her support.   Continuación...