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Rousseff loses impeachment vote in lower house of Parliament
April 18, 2016, 4:27 am

Brazil Divided: Pro and anti-Rousseff demonstrators react while watching the live broadcast of the session's vote for the impeachment against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 17, 2016 [Xinhua]

Brazil Divided: Pro and anti-Rousseff demonstrators react while watching the live broadcast of the session’s vote for the impeachment against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 17, 2016 [Xinhua]

The lower house of Brazil’s parliament on Sunday supported the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, with those seeking her ouster securing the support of two-thirds of votes.

The divide among the Brazilian people was demonstrated on Sunday by thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters outside the Congress building where the vote was taking place.

As the votes trickled in favouring the impeachment bid, the ruling Workers Party conceded defeat.

“The fight is now in the courts, the street and the senate. We lost because the coup-mongers were stronger,” Jose Guimarães, the leader of the Workers party in the lower house, said.

While she has not been accused of corruption, the popularity of Rousseff’s government has plummeted owing to a graft scandal at state oil company Petrobras and the investment strike targeting Rousseff’s downfall.

The issue of impeachment will now be put forth in the upper house of parliament for the consideration of the senate. If over 50 per cent of senators support it, Rousseff will leave her post for 180 days, during which Brazilian lawmakers will consider her case.

During that period, the country will be led by Vice President Michel Temer. If senators disagree with the arguments of presidential impeachment initiators, Rousseff will return to her post. If Rousseff is found guilty, Temer will remain acting president until the 2018 elections.

Rousseff has accused her critics of mounting a coup. She released a speech on social media over the weekend stressing that “the sovereign will of the people is at stake. Social achievements and the rights of Brazilians are at stake.”

A Guardian report listed the corruption-tainted deputies who voted for the impeachment bid on Sunday condemning the Brazilian President.

Business lobbies have openly thrown their weight behind the ouster of Rousseff, as they look to Vice President and centre-right leader Temer to restore business confidence and growth.

According to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Temer, watched the impeachment proceedings alongwith bigwigs of his party, including Senator Romero Juca, with whom he is reported to have been planning his next move.

Rousseff watched the vote from the Alvorada Palace, the official presidential residence, together with former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and other allies.


TBP and Agencies

7 Responses to Rousseff loses impeachment vote in lower house of Parliament

  1. Rowny Vidot Reply

    April 18, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Looks like Washington’s plan is succeeding after all, but Rousseff is not down and out yet.

  2. John Reply

    April 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    The left in Latin American have not acted to consolidate their power when they had a chance to do so while the right wing and the US were organizing and sharpening their knives for action.

    If the president in Brazil loses power the right wing will purge the progressive left to consolidate power. It will take the progressive left decades to turn the tide if at all is possible.

    Let us hope that the impeachment fails!

    • clare Reply

      April 19, 2016 at 4:44 am

      The right wing in Brazil is on CIA payroll & the US ongs are very well organized inside Brazil from favelas to’ think tank ‘private universities& for a long time acting from Amazonia ..[Nelson Rockef.from 1945] &everywhere !..Rockefeller foundation &Clinton have ‘educational programs’ for brazilians to learn basically how to be an’ american’corporate guy [that hates its own country]&works for a global-‘american’environmental standard..

  3. clare Reply

    April 19, 2016 at 4:32 am

    President Rousseff’s policies have created powerful enemies within the walls of the CIA in Langley, Virginia and among the board rooms of Wall Street and the West’s most powerful US corporations!!

  4. christina rovira-coolidge Reply

    April 19, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    dear president rousseff, i have confidence that you and lula will try your best to not let these greedy right wingers from taking over brazil. their only interest is aligning with the u.s.a. corporate government, the greed and murder capital of the world, and filling their pockets off the backs of every decent human being in brazil. how devastating this would be for the brazilian people. the world loves you. we do not want to see you go. please do not leave us. christina rovira-coolidge

  5. Mij Swerdna Reply

    April 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    What is most distressing is that the masses are so easily led by the media. The mainstream media, controlled by the west, is far from unbiased. It’s agenda is to rule out sovereign people’s ability to choose a different destiny and consign them to the date they have laid out for them. He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future. Where did I hear that? Warning unheeded.

  6. Tom Reply

    April 23, 2016 at 4:10 am

    The British are the ringleaders. Obama and Wall St are part of the British Empire complex.

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