Brazil impeachment back on track

May 10, 2016, 12:35 AM EDT
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff
(Source: Ministério das Relações Exteriores/flickr)

Within hours after Waldir Maranhao, the interim speaker of the lower house announced annulment of last month’s impeachment vote against President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s senate overturned his decision and vowed to go ahead with the impeachment proceedings against the president. After hours of uncertainty, Senate Speaker Renan Calheiros clarified that the parliament will stick to the schedule and vote on Wednesday to decide whether to initiate an impeachment trial.

 “To accept this joke would be to play with democracy,” said Renan while dismissing Maranhao’s attempt to halt impeachment process, reports The Guardian.

Maranhao cited a number of procedural flaws in the April 17 vote when the chamber accepted impeachment charges against Rousseff, writes Al Jazeera. He said the members of the house should not have revealed their positions ahead of the vote, and the party leaders should not have dictated which way the members vote. Maranhao, who believed that Rousseff didn’t get a proper opportunity to defend herself, called for a rerun of the vote.

Analysts believe that the political turmoil in the senate has further tainted the “image of Brazil and its discredited political system”, notes the BBC. There is mounting discontentment not only over the country’s general situation but also with the “politicians’ behavior”. 

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