Brazil court suspends congress impeachment on Rousseff

Brazilian Supreme Court suspends for week action by congress against President Dilma Rousseff on corruption charges

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gestures during a news conference after a meeting with jurists defending her against impeachment at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil December 7, 2015

Brazilian Supreme Court suspended the congress’ approval of appointing a committee to study whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over corruption scandals.  

The impeachment process is now delayed until December 16, when the court meets for a full session.

The congress has voted on Tuesday in a secret ballot 272 to 199 for a committee prepared by the opposition and pro-impeachment politicians of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDP), the biggest party in the coalition.

The commission is obliged with studying the case and then making a recommendation to the lower house of Congress, where -if a two-thirds vote approves- Rousseff will be on trial in the upper house.

She is accused of illegal budgeting maneuvers, but replies that the accounting maneuvers were a long accepted practice under previous governments.

Opposition parties first filed an impeachment request in September, accusing her of violating fiscal laws and manipulating government finances for her re-election campaign last year.

On the voters’ part, she is also facing the slowing down in the economy, with GDP and the Brazilian real downing this year.

Although tainted with it, there aren’t any allegations that she was directly involved into the Petrobras scandal, to which many leading politicians and businessmen, including the House Speaker Eduardo Cunha of PMDP, are involved in.

Rousseff headed the state oil company Petrobras between 2003 and 2010, when much of the alleged corruptions have occurred.

Her Workers' Party has been in power since 2003 with the help of the PMDB.

Cunha, on the other hand, is accused of using the impeachment battle for revenge against the government and prolonging his own influence.

Rousseff's chances of survival of the corruption accusations remain unclear.

TRTWorld and agencies