Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff vowed on Monday to fight impeachment tooth-and-nail in the Senate after a heavy defeat in the lower house of Congress raised the likelihood of an end to 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s largest economy.
In a raucous vote late on Sunday that sparked jubilation among Rousseff’s foes, the opposition comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to send Brazil’s first female president for trial in the Senate on charges she manipulated budget accounts.
Brazil has faced a sharp change in its economic fortunes. Graft, mismanagement of growth dividends and protectionism has put dreams of a seat at the top table on hold.
At the heart of this regression has been the beleaguered president Dilma Rousseff.
Brazilian lawmakers are accelerating impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff as protests resume and legal battles continue over her newly-appointed chief of staff.
The lower house could vote on whether to impeach Rousseff in about a month, speaker Eduardo Cunha told reporters in Brasilia, reducing his previous forecast of 45 days. “If we have quorum during all working days, we can vote in the weeks of April 20 or April 27,” he said.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s supporters took to the streets to fight back at attempts to oust her, as a flurry of court battles raged over her controversial cabinet appointment of predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Waving the red flags of the ruling Workers’ Party, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the country’s largest city, Sao Paulo, greeting Lula with thunderous cheers when he was hoisted onto a parked truck to address the crowd.
Brazil’s economy shrank by 3.8 percent in 2015, the government said Thursday, with the biggest contraction in 25 years set to push the Latin American giant into its worst recession for more than a century.
The latest gloomy news from Brazil was no surprise, but the severity underlined the depth of problems facing President Dilma Rousseff’s government as it battles both declining economic output and 10.67 percent inflation.