Graft-stained law­maker ousted

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRAZIL’S lower house of Congress voted to oust its for­mer speaker Ed­uardo Cunha, who spear­headed the drive to im­peach pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff only to suf­fer his own graft-stained down­fall.

Mr Cunha was stripped of his seat in the Cham­ber of Deputies by a re­sound­ing vote of 450 in favour, 10 against and nine ab­sten­tions.

“I de­clare law­maker Ed­uardo Cunha stripped of of­fice for con­duct in­com­pat­i­ble with law­mak­ers’ du­ties,” the house an­nounced at the end of the ses­sion on Septem­ber 12.

Mr Cunha, a 57-year-old con­ser­va­tive al­lied with the Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian right, was a cen­tral fig­ure in Brazil’s long im­peach­ment drama.

His en­e­mies ac­cuse him of us­ing his power to launch im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings as a trump card to stave off his own pros­e­cu­tion for al­legedly tak­ing mil­lions of dol­lars in bribes.

He re­signed as speaker in July amid swirling ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion linked to the huge state oil com­pany Petro­bras. He “lied” to other law­mak­ers about his pos­ses­sion of se­cret Swiss bank ac­counts.

Mr Cunha used a va­ri­ety of stalling tac­tics to slow the pro­ceed­ings that ul­ti­mately led to his ouster from Congress. –

Photo: AFP

For­mer pres­i­dent of Brazil’s lower house Ed­uardo Cunha de­liv­ers a speech dur­ing a ses­sion of the Cham­ber of Deputies in Brasilia on Septem­ber 12.

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