Committee recommends impeaching Dilma Rousseff

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The committee of Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted 38-27 in favour of the impeachment of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff . A vote in the full lower house is expected to take place on Sunday. If two thirds vote in favour, the impeachment will be sent to the Senate.

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Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, is accused of violating fiscal laws by using funds from state banks to cover budget shortfalls. She’s also suspected of having participated in the Petrobras scandal which involved kickbacks and corruption.

If the upper house decides by a simple majority to put Rousseff on trial, she will immediately be suspended for up to six months while the Senate decides her fate. Vice President Michel Temer will take office as acting president.

Meanwhile, a request from the Supreme Federal Tribunal, Brazil’s high court, that Congress also consider a petition to impeach Mr. Temer, the vice president.

Last month , more than a million Brazilians have joined anti-government rallies across the country, ramping up the pressure on embattled president Dilma Roussef. Support for impeaching Ms. Rousseff slipped to 61 percent in a new public opinion survey by Datafolha, a prominent Brazilian polling company.

It would be the first impeachment of a Brazilian president since 1992 when Fernando Collor de Mello faced massive protests for his ouster on corruption charges.

Noëmie Bénéteau, IEJ 1BIS

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