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Brazil audit court discusses alleged violation by government of accounting procedures

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff smiles during the swearing in ceremony of her new government ministers at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Rousseff shook up her cabinet amid the biggest political and economic crisis besetting Latin America’s largest economy. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff smiles during the swearing in ceremony of her new government ministers at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Rousseff shook up her cabinet amid the biggest political and economic crisis besetting Latin America’s largest economy. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator shouts slogans against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff with a bullhorn outside the headquarters of the the Federal Court of Accounts in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Court decides today whether to approve the government accounts of the President Rousseff for 2011-214. Political opposition parties are accusing Rousseff of concealing information about her government's accounts. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    A demonstrator shouts slogans against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff with a bullhorn outside the headquarters of the the Federal Court of Accounts in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Court decides today whether to approve the government accounts of the President Rousseff for 2011-214. Political opposition parties are accusing Rousseff of concealing information about her government's accounts. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators protest next to a giant inflatable doll representing Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the headquarters of the the Federal Court of Accounts in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Court decides today whether to approve the government accounts of the President Rousseff for the 2011-2014 period. Political opposition parties are accusing Rousseff of concealing information about her government's accounts. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Demonstrators protest next to a giant inflatable doll representing Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the headquarters of the the Federal Court of Accounts in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Court decides today whether to approve the government accounts of the President Rousseff for the 2011-2014 period. Political opposition parties are accusing Rousseff of concealing information about her government's accounts. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil's federal audit court has begun discussing whether President Dilma Rousseff's government violated accounting practices and broke the country's finance law.

The court's 10 judges are deciding if Rousseff illegally used money from state banks to fill budget holes in 2014.

A finding of wrongdoing could open a strong legal avenue for Rousseff's opponents to begin impeachment proceedings against her in Congress.

The court formally is deciding if it will approve its earlier report that says Rousseff broke Brazil's finance law. Its recommendation will go to Congress, which will use the court's report when voting whether to reject or accept the government accounts.