51 of 54 Brazilian Senators Say They Will Vote to Oust Rousseff

Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff attends a meeting with people from pro-democracy movements in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 23, 2016/Photo: Reuters
51 of 54 Brazilian Senators Say They Will Vote to Oust Rousseff

Of Brazil’s 81 Senators, only 3 needed to remove the embattled, democratically-elected president from office.

On the eve of the country’s impeachment trial, 51 of the 54 Senators needed to permanently remove suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from office have already committed to vote for impeachment when the vote is held later this week, according to one of the country’s leading daily newspapers, O Globo.

That means that of the remaining 30 Brazilian Senators, only three additonal votes are required to permanently remove from office the twice-elected Rousseff, whose governing Workers Party, known by the Portuguese acronymn, the PT, has won the last four presidential elections.

In what has been widely- condemned as a coup both domestically and internationally, a cadre of conservative Brazilian Senators forced Rousseff to step down as president while the body investigates allegations that she doctored national budgets to conceal the country’s true deficit numbers. 

But the former Leftist dissident has denied such allegations and her defense said it will be extremely difficult for the political opposition to uncover evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Tuesday, Rousseff filed a complaint which alleges that impeachment procedures have violated her rights; all previous complaints filed on her behalf have been rejected by Brazil’s Supreme Court. 

If impeached, Rousseff will be replaced by the interim President Michel Temer, who led the Parliamentary coup, and will continue to govern until 2018.

According to recent polls almost of Brazilians disapprove of Temer, who, along serveral other politicians in his cabinet of all-white-men, are under investigation for their role in the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history, Operation Car Wash, which involves the state-owned oil company, Petrobras.

The impeachment vote is scheduled to begin Thursday but testimony and debate is expected to last over the weekend, culminating with Rousseff’s testimony Monday, followed by the vote. Rousseff’s supporters have announced plans for a series of nationwide marches over the next few days. 


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