Today Brazil’s House of Representatives will vote on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The vote is expected to be close.
If impeached, Dilma will be suspended from office while the Senate decides to take up her trial and conducts the trial. The vice-president, from a rival party, will then become acting president.
He and his party are mobilizing votes in the House for impeachment. Dilma, former president Lula, and their Workers’ Party are mobilizing against impeachment.
One of Dilma’s acts that has enraged the opposition was Her recent appointment of Lula to be her chief of staff, in a move widely seen as an effort to protect him from arrest on corruption charges stemming from his presidency. The move was blocked by the Supreme Court.
The impeachment vote comes following wide scandals involving Petrobras and high government officials.
The battle is joined in the battle against corruption of high government officials and for democracy in Brazil. Even many of those voting today are themselves the subjects of corruption investigations.
It is a moment of high drama in the largest democracy in Latin America.
Laryssa Borges, Felipe Frazão e Marcela Mattos (Brasilia), “Câmara define hoje oa destino de Dilma – e do projeto de poder petista; Depitados votarão na tarde deste domingo se aceitam pedido de impeachment contra a presidente. Caso passe na Casa, dificilmente processo será barrado no Senado. Ainda que vença, a petista já não governará,” VEJA, 17 de abril 2016 (às 08:12 – Atualizado em 17/04/2016 às 08:16).
The Trenchant Observer