The decision by the Federal Accounts Court or TCU yesterday was the latest blow to Rousseff, less than a year into her second term. The court said that her government's accounting practices in 2014, including taking what amounted to unauthorized loans from state-owned banks to make up for budget shortfalls, broke the law.
    
"The accounts are not a condition where they can be approved. We recommend their rejection," the lead judge, Augusto Nardes, said after the court's panel voted unanimously.
    
The government said it did nothing illegal and that it was merely juggling funds in line with previous practices.
    
The court's ruling, which next goes to Congress, was likely to give powerful impetus to Rousseff's congressional opponents, led by the scandal-plagued speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, who has repeatedly threatened to push for impeachment.
    
Late Tuesday, another judicial body, the electoral court, or TSE, ruled in favor of probing alleged illegalities in Rousseff's 2014 re-election campaign.
    
That ruling will not immediately lead to sanctions, instead opening the door to a messy legal and political battle that in theory could result in Rousseff's narrow 2014 victory being declared invalid and new elections being organized.
    
Especially worryingly for Rousseff was that one of the allegations in the complaint brought to the TSE by the opposition PSDB party was that some donations to the president's re-election coffers were linked in part to the massive Petrobras corruption scandal shaking the country.

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