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Brazil's prosecutor asks Justices to strip Lower House speaker of his seat

Thursday, December 17th 2015 - 08:02 UTC
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Brazil's attorney general went to the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking to strip the leader of the House of Deputies of his seat. House Speaker Eduardo Cunha is the nemesis of embattled and unpopular President Dilma Rousseff — and earlier this month opened the door to begin impeachment proceedings against her. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Kick Cunha out. He's obviously corrupt.

    Then Congress should get down to the business of impeaching Dilma. How anyone could be so ignorant of all the corruption and dishonesty that goes on around her...... for years.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 08:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. No. Rousseff first. If Cunha is corrupt, he's small change compared to Lula and Rousseff.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 12:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    From an atheist:
    “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” (or it will be bounced off your head)!

    You couldn't put a fag paper between any of them.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 06:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Agree with both of you.

    However the proceedings against Dilma are continually compared to the proven corruption of Cunha, so take him out of the equation and Dilma loses most because she won't be able to deflect.

    Dilma's supporters aren't proclaiming her innocence with facts but her innocence because someone who is perhaps more corrupt is controlling the process.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 07:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    That Cunha has to go is quite obvious....but while he is being useful in the impeachment process against the fat cow, I'd let him hang in there for a bit longer. First, get rid of DumbAss Dilma, then Cunha.

    @4 Skip
    The person who is trying to defend themself by declaring they weren't the only President to break the Law - which is a ridiculous, weak defense - is fatty D. But you'd be surprised by the statements made by those who defend her - they claim she did nothing wrong, that she is a victiom of the nasty right-wing, and that the crisis is not all that serious. Obviously, we know that's not the case. The problem is that while she's still in the Presidency, because 'in power' she isn't and hasn't been for some time, Brazil will just keep staggering along, postponing recovery, which'll take several years. To regain the trust of international, as well as domestic investors, Brazil will have to show, in practise, that it is doing it's homework.....and getting it right.

    Dec 17th, 2015 - 09:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip


    Dilma makes me laugh. It is always someone else's fault.

    And if she walks around with her fingers in her ears signing then she can keep claiming ignorance. The sheer fact that keeps presiding over so much corruption in government and at Petrobas should highlight how bad she is at her job.

    I guarantee so many Brazilians are kicking themselves now if only they hadn't voted for her.

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 07:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    “I guarantee so many Brazilians are kicking themselves now if only they hadn't voted for her.”

    You hit the nail on the head....on the other hand, if she hadn't been re-elected, you can be sure that PT would be blaming Aécio and the PSDB for Brazil's misfortunes, claiming that the economy was doing fine until Jan 1st 2015......It's a tough pill to swallow, but the fact she is still in power while Brazil is going down the drain, could be a blessing in desguise.

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Agreed, sometimes you have to hit bottom before someone can fix the problem.

    This happened in Argentina. Even CFK supporters could see that there was no more blood that could be squeezed out of the stone (the economy) and there were compounding diminishing returns.

    Venezuela is going through the same problem. People finally realised that even with all the largesse from the government, they were still be robbed blind by the other hand through tax, corruption and inflation.

    Brazil is not anywhere near as bad as these two examples. I have been saying for years that Brazil needed to reform its economy because as soon as growth takes off, inflation skyrockets. This is caused by the distortions in the economy. Reforming the economy would have allowed higher growth without the inflation and the need to lower that.

    It is almost a guarantee that Brazil will throw out Dilma's party and her allies at the next election. I am unsure if Aécio will run again, but I kept saying that Capriles in Venezuela was better off losing.

    Argentina lead the pack this time and Brazil and Venezuela will inevitably follow. At least this time they are losing power through proper democratic processes. So there's the silver lining.

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 11:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    I suppose you are right when you say Brazil is not a lost case - yet. While on the one hand, I think the Brazilians, on the whole, are too passive - in that they accept all the shit being thrown at them, as if it's normal - there is something I have learnt about Brazil after living here for quite a long time, and it's that there is something about the country - perhaps the Brazilian “jeitinho” ( a knack for getting out of tight spots) - that it always pulls itself together. But this crisis, in a way, was inevitable with the PT in power. It was not only the overspending (specially in 2014, the election year), and the rampant corruption, but mainly the gross inefficiency in the entirety of the public sector (on all levels), which reduces the economy's productivity down to zero. The whole structure needs serious overhauling, or the population's efforts will be wasted.

    Dec 19th, 2015 - 04:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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