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Opposition will push for impeachment proceedings against Rousseff next week

Saturday, October 10th 2015 - 07:11 UTC
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PSDB will support an impeachment against Rousseff, said Neves: “we're not the only ones asking Rousseff to step down, 60% of Brazilian are saying the same” PSDB will support an impeachment against Rousseff, said Neves: “we're not the only ones asking Rousseff to step down, 60% of Brazilian are saying the same”
It falls on Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha government to approve a congressional vote required to open impeachment proceedings. It falls on Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha government to approve a congressional vote required to open impeachment proceedings.
Cunha has received and shelved numerous requests but one application lodged by two outstanding jurists (Helio Bicudo) is considered to have greater weight. Cunha has received and shelved numerous requests but one application lodged by two outstanding jurists (Helio Bicudo) is considered to have greater weight.
”The government has to bounce back, we have to evaluate what has happened in the last few days, in court and in Congress”, said PT Senator Delcidio Amaral. ”The government has to bounce back, we have to evaluate what has happened in the last few days, in court and in Congress”, said PT Senator Delcidio Amaral.

Brazil opposition lawmakers will push for impeachment proceedings to begin next week against embattled President Dilma Rousseff, local media reported Friday. It comes after the country’s top audit court, the TCU, ruled that the government’s 2014 accounts had been manipulated in the run-up to last year’s presidential elections to give a better impression of the economy and sustain spending on social programs.

 The TCU’s recommendation is not legally-binding, however, and it falls on Congress to decide whether it will reject the government’s accounts, which would probably not happen until 2016.

The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported Friday that opposition figures determined to remove Rousseff from office will not wait for Congress to rule on the accounts, and believe the TCU’s judgment constitutes grounds to initiate impeachment proceedings.

The opposition group will act to begin proceedings on Tuesday 13 October, the newspaper reported.

Opposition leader Senator Aecio Neves, who narrowly lost to Rousseff in the elections, called the TCU’s ruling “historic” and said it had “proved” that the president had “broken the law on successive occasions” during the run-up to the vote.

“The PSDB will definitely support an eventual order of impeachment against Rousseff,” said Neves. “We are not the only ones asking Rousseff to step down, 60% of Brazilian are saying the same,” he added.

It falls to Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who opposes Rousseff's government despite being a member of a ruling coalition party, to approve a congressional vote required to open impeachment proceedings.

Cunha has received and shelved numerous requests, citing a lack of evidence, but one application — lodged by a founder and now ex-member of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party, Helio Bicudo, and former justice minister Miguel Real Jr — is considered to have greater weight.

Proceedings will commence if two-thirds of Brazil’s 513 deputies vote to approve the process.

But even if Cunha were to shelve the request, lawmakers could appeal in a special congressional session, which would proceed if a majority present voted accordingly. Local media say this route is preferred by Cunha, as it shifts responsibility on to opposition legislators.

Apparently the cabinet meeting with Rousseff was very tense, according to Senator and head of the PT ruling bloc in the Upper House, Delcidio Amaral.

“The opposition has been strengthened by the Federal Accounts Court ruling and they are obviously going to take advantage of this” he said arguing that ”the government has to bounce back, we have to evaluate what has happened in the last few days, both in court and in Congress”.

His comments were also referring to the PT’s latest defeat in Congress after the ruling party failed to gain quorum for sessions to debate important economic measures in an attempt to breathe life back into the ailing Brazilian economy.

Rousseff’s Finance Minister Joaquim Levy was tight-lipped when he was asked about the likelihood of the president facing impeachment proceedings. Speaking at an International Monetary Fund event in Lima, Levy said “I don’t know” when asked by reporters.

Categories: Politics, Brazil, Latin America.

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  • Conqueror

    The sooner the better. Every “leader” should have a sign on his/her desk where he/she can read “The buck stops here” in whatever language is appropriate. Or, in the case of argieland and most of Africa, grunts. Kirchner should have it tattooed on the inside of her eyelids.

    Oct 10th, 2015 - 01:45 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    Forget it! Dilma will not be overthrow because her support base is greater than the opposition.

    The PSDB was very barely seen by the people. I thought that the Labour government would not survive for another term, but after that poor democratic performance led by Aécio unethical, I begin to believe that Brazil will have two more labor mandates ahead.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy-z-NQsTx8&index=1&list=LLmXPTu1f8AdGlizWNiASx2A

    Oct 10th, 2015 - 03:08 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    As already mentioned, ideally the military needs to declare a constitutional emergency and suspend the executive branch authority for a 60-90 day period with military law enacted.

    ALL leaders of the Worker's Party would be rounded up and summarily executed by firing squad. Other assorted Marxist-Socialists would be shot on sight (maybe with a 1,000 Real bounty) which would dramatically send a message to the leftists that Brazil is fed up with corruption and ready to progress into the real world...

    Lower scum Dilma supporters could hopefully be eliminated.

    Oct 10th, 2015 - 04:17 pm 0
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