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Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to stand for parliament

FORMER president Dilma Rousseff will stand as a candidate for Brazil’s parliament in next month’s election, following a court ruling yesterday.

The regional electoral court of Minas Gerais voted by four votes to three in allowing Ms Rousseff to stand in the election, following legal challenges to try to block her candidacy.

The former president was impeached in a right-wing coup in 2016, but the congress did not remove her political rights.

"The court's decision gives me justice. I always trust in justice,” Ms Rousseff declared after the verdict.

Polls show Ms Rousseff, the Workers Party candidate for Minas Gerais, on 28 per cent of the vote, comfortably ahead of her closest rival, the Humanist Solidarity Party’s Carlos Viana, with 15 per cent.

“I grew up here [Minas Gerais] and I became politically and socially conscious here when I was a youth. This is where I started advocating against the military dictatorship at the end of the ‘60s,” Ms Rousseff said.

She will now register as a candidate with Brazil’s superior electoral tribunal.

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