Brazil's congressional committee says Dil 'nah'

The committee voted to recommend the continuation of the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, bringing her possible ouster a step closer

Rio DeJaneiro: A congressional committee voted Monday to recommend that the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff move forward, bringing the possible ouster of the embattled leader a step closer. Rousseff is facing impeachment proceedings over allegations her administration violated fiscal rules to mask budget problems.

The members of the impeachment committee vote on the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the National Congress in Brasilia. Pics/AFP
The members of the impeachment committee vote on the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the National Congress in Brasilia. Pics/AFP

Her opponents say the process is in line with the wishes of the majority of Brazilians, while Rousseff’s supporters call it a blatant power grab by her foes. The special congressional commission voted 38-27 to recommend the continuation of the impeachment process, comfortably more than the 33 votes needed to hand the pro-impeachment camp a victory.

Dilma Rousseff
Dilma Rousseff

The panel’s session stretched out all day and was marked by a prolonged shouting match ahead of the evening vote. Pro-impeachment leaders festooned their desks with signs reading “impeachment now,” while Rousseff’s supporters chanted “Coup, coup, coup”.

Brazil’s biggest party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, pulled out of Rousseff’s governing coalition late last month, forcing the government to scramble to secure the support of smaller parties to help block the impeachment process.

If the impeachment measure passes in the Chamber of Deputies, it goes to the Senate, which would decide whether to open a trial. If that happens, Rousseff would be suspended from office for up to 180 days during a trial.

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