-ROUSEFF TAKES IMPEACHMENT SAGA TO UN
-Supreme Court has reportedly thrown out a plea for a court injunction to stop her impeachment process
-She is expected to address a committee of Nations in New York where she will defend her government
ROUSEFF TAKES IMPEACHMENT SAGA TO UN
Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will travel to New York in a bid to rally international support against her impeachment, leaving behind a Cabinet paralyzed by political crisis as another minister defected on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
According to the words of one of her aides, Rousseff will attend a United Nations event on Friday in New York where she will denounce as illegal the attempt to impeach her, a process that could see her forced from office within weeks in a process she calls a “coup d’état without weapons.”
Energy Minister Eduardo Braga said he was quitting her government following orders from his centrist PMDB party, Rousseff’s main coalition partner until it abandoned her last month to back her ouster. Rousseff’s impeachment would end 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party.
Nine ministers in Rousseff’s 31-member cabinet have now resigned, leaving important portfolios without politically appointed heads, including the Tourism and Sports ministries only four months before Brazil hosts the Olympic Games. Rousseff may not even be president by the time the Games start.
According to Reuters, Vice President Michel Temer, who would take over if Rousseff is impeached, met with close advisers in Sao Paulo to study plans for a new government that, aides said, would move quickly to restore economic confidence and growth.
The crisis has paralyzed Brazil’s ability to revive the economy from its worst recession in decades in the midst of a massive corruption scandal involving state-run oil firm Petrobras
Murilo Portugal, the head of Brazil’s most powerful banking industry lobby, has emerged as a strong candidate to become finance minister if Temer takes power, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Rousseff lost a crucial vote in the lower house of Congress on Sunday and now faces impeachment by the Senate on charges of breaking budget laws.
With the prospect of the Senate suspending her in three weeks, Rousseff cancelled her trip to attend the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change on Friday to focus on her political survival.
Two presidential aides said Rousseff would use her visit to New York to defend herself in interviews with international media.
It would be recalled that Rousseff had earlier in the week defended the accounting manipulation her administration used, putting off the transfer of funds to state banks, was a practice employed by previous governments. Her opponents say it allowed her to unfairly expand public spending and boost her re-election campaign in 2014.
Her government’s legal appeals for injunctions to stop the impeachment process have been rejected by the Supreme Court.