Impeachment proceedings were opened Wednesday against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by the nation’s speaker of the lower house of Congress, a sworn enemy of the beleaguered leader.
A special commission in the lower house, in which all political are proportionally represented, must now way the decision of speaker Eduardo Cunha to open the proceedings against Rousseff based on accusations her government broken fiscal responsibility laws.
If the commission approves the impeachment proceedings, it then moves to a full vote in the lower house where two-thirds of deputies must approve it.
While the impeachment is expected to get by the commission, most political analysts say that at this time, it is not expected that the measure will get the two-thirds votes necessary for it to move forward.
Rousseff began her second term in office on Jan. 1 and has been hobbled by a massive political corruption scandal centered around a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras.
Rousseff herself faces no accusations of wrongdoing in the corruption scandal _ while Cunha, the house speaker who introduced the impeachment proceedings, faces corruption charges before the Supreme Court for allegedly taking millions in bribes.
Since her narrow re-election, Rousseff has faced repeated calls for her to be impeached or step-down _ but with no direct link to the Petrobras scandal, her opponents’ calls have until now gone unheeded.
But Brazil’s federal audit court in October ruled that Rousseff broke the nation’s “fiscal responsibility” law by using money from state-run banks to fill budget gaps and pay for government social spending.
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