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  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Oct. 20, 2015.

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Oct. 20, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 October 2015

Brazilian lawmakers submitted a new impeachment petition against President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday.

Opposition lawyers in Brazil submitted a new petition to Congress Wednesday for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, on the grounds of illegal accounting practices.

The impeachment request, was handed over to Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who must now decide whether to submit the petition to Congress.

"We will evaluate it," Cunha stated.

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The new petition expounds upon previous impeachment requests to include accusations that the alleged doctoring of government accounts continued into Rousseff's current term.

Under the Brazilian constitution, Rousseff can only be impeached for crimes committed during her present term of office.

As of yet, Cunha has not indicated whether he will take up the impeachment request.

The most recent impeachment petition request takes place as Brazil's Supreme Federal Court issued an injunction preventing Cunha from allowing a vote in Congress on whether to start impeachment procedures against President Dilma Rousseff.

The legal decision handed down last week by the Supreme Federal Court ruled that the Brazilian legal system does not allow for Congress members to launch impeachment proceedings on their own accord.

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The ruling does not in any way impact Cunha’s right to open an impeachment process himself.

As speaker of the Lower House, Cunha is the only Brazilian political official allowed to initiate impeachment procedures against a sitting president.

Meanwhile, Cunha, a fierce critic of President Rousseff, is currently facing pressure to resign due to corruption allegations.

Last week, 46 federal deputies submitted a document to Congress’s ethics committee calling for the speaker to be stripped of his political powers for lying to the legislature.

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