IMPEACHMENT VOTE AGAINST BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT ANNULLED

IMPEACHMENT VOTE AGAINST BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT ANNULLED

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– Impeachment vote against Brazilian President annulled.

– Dilma Rousseff was accused of manipulating the government budget ahead of her re-election in 2014.

– Waldir Maranhao has annulled a vote in the lower house that allowed the proceedings to go on to the Senate.

Impeachment vote against Brazilian President annulled.

Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff has escaped the impeachment trial she was to undergo. She was accused of manipulating the government budget ahead of her re-election in 2014. The president has defended her fiscal measures as common practice in Brazil.

IMPEACHMENT VOTE AGAINST BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT ANNULLED
Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff Speaking at an Event

As it last week, Ms Rousseff was fully prepared for and anticipating her likely suspension as president. This was because she assumed, like just about everyone else in Brazil that the country’s Senate would vote in favour of a full impeachment trial.

Although, Ms Rousseff said she would fight to redeem her name which she considered a valuable asset she has after her expected suspension from office later this week over charges that she illegally hid the scale of the budget deficit.

However, Waldir Maranhao who is the acting speaker of Brazil’s lower house, has annulled a vote in the lower house that allowed the proceedings to go on to the Senate.

In his remark, he said he had identified some irregularities during the lower house session where members of the house favoured a vote for the progress of the impeachment process.

He said their vote in favour of the impeachment process to progress was motivated by party leaders and decried the public announcement made by members of the lower house on where their position lies. The decision of the speaker to annul the impeachment process was clearly unexpected by citizens and it took the president too by surprise.

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Reacting to the news, Ms Rousseff threw caution commenting that there was a hard fight ahead and that the effort to impeach her would amount to a usurpation attempt.

She did single out Mr Cunha and Vice-President Michel Temer of being the strategists of the rebellion. Should the impeachment of Ms Rousseff succeeds, Mr Temer would step in as interim president.

According to a BBC, it was said that following Mr Maranhao’s decision, Brazil’s currency, the real, lost more than 4% against the dollar, while the country’s stock exchange slipped more than 3%.

Investors have also faulted Ms Rousseff and her Workers’ Party for what they say are interventionist policies and see Mr Temer as being more market-friendly.

Brazil is in its worst recession in 25 years, with inflation at a 12-year-high in 2015.

The president’s approval ratings have plummeted recently, and recent polls suggest most Brazilians support her removal from office.