Judge­ment day looms for ‘in­no­cent’ Rouss­eff

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRAZIL’S sus­pended pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff faced judge­ment yes­ter­day in a Se­nate vote ex­pected to re­move her from of­fice de­spite her dra­matic claim of be­ing the vic­tim of a coup.

The coun­try’s first fe­male pres­i­dent con­fronted her ac­cusers in a marathon ses­sion on Au­gust 29, telling the Se­nate that she is in­no­cent and warn­ing that the Brazil­ian democ­racy is in danger.

She is ac­cused of hav­ing taken il­le­gal state loans to patch bud­get holes in 2014, mask­ing the coun­try’s prob­lems as it slid into its deep­est re­ces­sion in decades.

The Se­nate was to hear clos­ing ar­gu­ments from lawyers for the two sides be­fore hold­ing a fi­nal de­bate ahead of vot­ing – with the ses­sion pos­si­bly stretch­ing into to­day.

Two-thirds, or 54, of the 81 sen­a­tors must vote in favour of im­peach­ment to strip Ms Rouss­eff of the pres­i­dency.

Re­call­ing how she was tor­tured un­der Brazil’s mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship in the 1970s, the left­ist leader urged sen­a­tors dur­ing her tes­ti­mony to “vote against im­peach­ment, vote for democ­racy ... Do not ac­cept a coup.”

How­ever, mo­men­tum to push her out of of­fice ap­pears un­stop­pable, fu­elled by deep anger over Brazil’s dev­as­tat­ing re­ces­sion, months of po­lit­i­cal paral­y­sis and a vast cor­rup­tion scan­dal cen­tred on the state oil giant Petro­bras.

Folha, one of Brazil’s main news­pa­pers, pub­lished a run­ning count of sen­a­tors’ vot­ing in­ten­tions and had 52 declar­ing them­selves pro-im­peach­ment, with 11 un­de­cided.

Ms Rouss­eff would be re­placed by her vice pres­i­dent turned bit­ter en­emy Michel Te­mer. –

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