Brazil act­ing pres­i­dent pushes for quick Rouss­eff im­peach­ment

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s in­terim govern­ment on Fri­day pushed for speed­ing up the im­peach­ment process against sus­pended pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff, who could be forced from of­fice just as Rio starts host­ing the Olympic Games.

Rouss­eff, ac­cused of tak­ing unau­tho­rized loans to patch up the state bud­get dur­ing her 2014 re­elec­tion cam­paign and in early 2015, was sus­pended for the trial on May 12.

The sus­pen­sion can run as long as six months, but act­ing pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer’s team ar­gued for end­ing far ear­lier, pos­si­bly even be­fore the start of the Rio Olympics on Au­gust

5. “For us, for the Te­mer govern­ment, it would be best if it were as quick as pos­si­ble, while re­spect­ing the rules laid down by the Supreme Court,” Te­mer’s chief of staff Eliseu Padilha said. A de­ci­sion on the sched­ul­ing, which Rouss­eff’s side would pre­fer to be more drawn out, will be made by the Supreme Court. Rouss­eff’s lawyer, Jose Ed­uardo Car­dozo, called the im­peach­ment process “a huge farce” and a “coup.” The Senate will try Rouss­eff and must vote by a two thirds ma­jor­ity to re­move her from of­fice. Te­mer, who was her vice pres­i­dent, would then stay un­til sched­uled elec­tions in 2018. Any­thing less and Rouss­eff would re­turn to power.—Agen­cies

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