Graft-stained lawmaker ousted
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. –
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.