BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF

BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF

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BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF

– Lower House Moves to Evict President Dilma Rousseff

– Questions Rise on Anticipated Senate’s Decision 

BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF

On Sunday, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff got defeated as a corruption-tainted and hostile congress voted to impeach her.

BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF
Speaker Eduardo Cunha

The impeachment took place during a rowdy session presided over by House Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

The voting exercise ended late in the evening on Sunday with 367 of the 513 deputies backing impeachment. This was indisputably more than the two-thirds of 342 needed to advance the case to the upper assembly.

As the result became obvious, Jose Guimarães, the leader of the Workers party in the lower house, conceded defeat with more than 80 votes still to be counted. “The fight is now in the courts, the street and the senate.” He said.

As the significant 342nd vote was cast for impeachment, the chamber erupted into cheers. Opposition cries of “coup, coup,coup” were subdued.

The vote, which was announced by deputies, saw the conservative opposition easily secure its motion to evict the head of state who is less than halfway concluding her tenure.

BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF

Allegedly, there were seven abstentions and two absences, and 137 deputies voted against the move.

BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF
Vice President Michel Temer

Once the senate favors the motion, Rousseff may have to step aside for 180 days, making the Workers Party government, which has been ruling since 2002 to be temporarily replaced by a center-right administration led by Vice President Michel Temer.

Brazil’s presidential chief of staff, Jaques Wagner said the government was confident the senate would dismiss the impeachment, insisting the vote was a setback for democracy and was “orchestrated” by Rousseff’s opponents who never accepted her re-election victory in 2014.

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Meanwhile, Rousseff’s chances of survival look slim. Brazil has dramatically gone against the country’s first female president.

However, many are uneasy about the dubious grounds for impeachment. Rousseff is accused of window-dressing government accounts with a temporary transfer of money from state banks before the last election. Supporters claim this minor and common infraction is being used as a pretext for a “coup” to seize power by a political class that is notorious for far more serious crimes.

Although, about a third of the lower house deputies are either under investigation or charged with crimes. The Guardian revealed.

On Sunday night, Brazilian television channels showed streets full of pro-impeachment protesters dancing in celebration.

BRAZIL: CONGRESS VOTE TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF