Brazil acting president pushes for quick Rousseff impeachment
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