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  • Brazil Court Justice Won't Lift Ban on Silva Cabinet Post

  • Silva was sworn in on Thursday but only held the office for hours amid a slew of legal actions

A clown dressed demonstrator holds up a replica of a 100 Brazilian real note decorated with an image of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, during protest calling for the impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and against the naming of her mentor, Lula da Silva, as her new chief of staff, outside Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, March 21, 2016. Supporters say the move will help the president fight impeachment proceedings and critics blast it as a scheme to shield Lula from possible detention in corruption probes related to a bribery scandal at Brazil's state oil company Petrobras. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres),

22 of March 2016 12:12:01

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice is rejecting a motion that would have let former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva take a Cabinet post.Rosa Weber on Tuesday denied a request by Silva's lawyers to overturn a decision last week that blocked Silva from becoming chief of staff to his successor, President Dilma Rousseff.Critics say Silva's nomination was an attempt to give him the special legal status accorded to Cabinet ministers. It takes a Supreme Court decision to authorize investigations against them.Police recently took Silva in for questioning as part of a sprawling investigation into corruption at Brazil's Petrobras oil company, though no charges were filed.Silva was sworn in on Thursday but only held the office for hours amid a slew of legal actions.

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