Brazil Lower House votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff

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The vote now goes to the Senate, a vote she is forecast to lose. If she does, she will be removed from office while she faces impeachment proceedings.

Within days Michel Temer, her VP, is likely to take her post.

This is a huge blow to the left-wing hegemony in the region, and a disaster for Nicolás Maduro.

Even if Ms. Rousseff were to survive this process, she has no more power. Her government is effectively over. She would do well resigning so that Brazil can fix its economy.

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  1. The left is losing ground in the region. Let’s hope it gets replaced by a modern, pro-globalization center right.

    Excellent coverage of this event today, CC team. Thanks for your work, Mr. Nagel.

  2. I’ve been reading you guys, and intermittently reading other coverage as well. This from Stephanie Nolen who covers Brazil for the Globe and Mail out of Canada:

    “…But in Congress, it was the 86th member to vote who was the first to mention the actual charges against Ms. Rousseff, and fewer than a dozen would bring it up in 511 votes. Those voting against the impeachment said they were opposing a “coup.”

    Those in favour – who were a much rowdier caucus – spoke about the need to rid Brazil of corruption, and their commitment to their children, families and the Brazilian people. They invoked the need for a president who would further criminalize abortion, loosen gun laws and oppose rights for transgender people.

    In one of the more dramatic moments, Jair Bolsonaro, who represents a far-right Christian party, dedicated his vote to the military who carried out the 1964 coup and invoked by name an infamous colonel who tortured guerrillas such as Ms. Rousseff, who fought in the Marxist underground.”

    This sounded like a circus today. Many people are satisfied with the result. I get that. I’m not shedding tears for Dilma and her party, but the more I read, the more I feel disheartened for Brazil, and for the region.

    If Venezuela wants to return to a sustainable democracy, its leaders need to avoid committing the same errors and abuses that got it to its present state. I’m not convinced from what has been reported that what happened in Brazil today is a win for the forces of democracy or justice, or for those forces in Venezuela, although it very well may aid the forces of change there. Change, as everyone knows, is not necessarily democracy or justice, even in Venezuela. The urge for retribution, as opposed to justice, is difficult to surmount.

    If those proceedings today were Nicolas Maduro being impeached, I’d hope for something a lot different. I think Venezuelans should consider Brazil and say to themselves: as bad as we have it, we can do a lot better than this spectacle.

    Thanks for covering what is a huge event for Venezuela.

  3. I second Canucklehead.
    And I wonder whether we should not wait a little bit before saying Chavismo lost an ally. It might be in trouble now, but once she is gone and the opposition for at least some months in powe very hard measures are going to be taken. Couldn’t we see “Lulismo” coming back after half a year?
    I don’t know.

  4. From the NYT:

    60 percent of the 594 members of Brazil’s Congress face serious charges like bribery, electoral fraud, illegal deforestation, kidnapping and homicide, according to Transparency Brazil, a corruption-monitoring group.

    #oyvey

  5. Will Dilmas impeachment help Brasil gets its economic house in order or will it just make things worse ??judging from the people who appear likely to succeed her there is no telling that things will now improve …Of course impeachement serves as a lesson for all future presidents that they should be responsible in the handling of public funds and not use them to further their political popularity with populist give aways , subsidies and excesive borrowing………… will this lesson be heeded or will it be ignored , somehow it appears that what motivates her impeachment is not the legal reason formally sustaining it but the anger at the corruption that has been uncovered and every other pol trying to distance themselves from the political poison such corruption represents (even if some of them are up to their ears in it) and some partisan intrigues and rivalries which have little to do with the correctness of her budgetary practies.

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