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Momentum for Impeachment Grows Against Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (R) and Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo attend a meeting with supporters from the legal community at the Planalto presidential palace on 22MAR16.
This week’s snapshot focuses on the current political crisis in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff faces the threat of impeachment proceedings for her role in the corruption scandal regarding state oil giant Petrobras. Rousseff refuses to resign, despite the defection of a number of key allies.
News summary of events during the week of 28MAR16 – 04APR16
Sample of Twitter handles tweeting about Brazil President Dilma Rousseff facing impeachment
Sample of Third Party Validators regarding Brazil President Dilma Rousseff facing impeachment
Eliane Cantanhede, political commentator, Estado de S.Paulo newspaper and Globo TV
“In moments of crisis and transition, like now, the ideal leader is one who is neither too much nor too little of anything. Temer is assertive, but not aggressive. He speaks, but not too much. He’s restrained. Yet he has shown he can negotiate with anyone, on the right or left.”
João Augusto de Castro Neves, Latin America regional director, The Eurasia Group
“Impeachment alone may not be the solution to the crisis. All of these scenarios — one in which she survives, the other one in which Temer takes over, and the new elections scenario — they all point to very tough policy making in the next year or two.”
Oscar Vilhena Vieira, constitutional law professor, University Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo)
“I don’t see any problem on the decision to tap the former president.” [However, there is] “a problem in opening this information to the public when it involves the president, because the president is not under his jurisdiction.”
Andre Borges, professor of political science, University of Brasilia
“Dilma is trying to take advantage of the divisions within the PMDB. But [I] doubt she can succeed, because the smaller parties likely feel they could get better perks in a post-impeachment government.”
Sonia Fleury, professor of political science, Getulio Vargas Foundation
“Dilma staying or going neither will solve the country’s problems. Half the country is in favor of impeachment and half is not. If she stays, the opposition will continue to impede her ability to govern – and if another person takes power, the other side will block them, because they will not have legitimacy of votes.”
Sample of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to Brazil President Dilma Rousseff facing impeachment
Media: New York Times
Byline: SIMON ROMERO
Date: 24 March 2016
BRASÍLIA — Striking a defiant tone as scandals engulf her government, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil insisted in an interview on Thursday that she would not resign, even as momentum builds in Congress for her ouster.
Ms. Rousseff described the efforts to remove her from office as “lacking legal foundations,” and she lashed out at Eduardo Cunha, the speaker of the lower house of Congress, who has been plagued with scandals of his own. Ms. Rousseff said that Mr. Cunha put impeachment proceedings into motion as a way of deflecting attention from his own legal troubles over charges of bribery and money laundering.
Media: Associated Press
Date: 29 March 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s largest party is abandoning President Dilma Rousseff’s government in a decision that diminishes the possibility that she will survive mounting pressure in Congress for her impeachment.
The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party known as the PMDB said on Tuesday that its members are leaving Rousseff’s governing coalition. The decision was reported by state news agency Agencia Brasil.
Byline: MARIA CAROLINA MARCELLO AND LISANDRA PARAGUASSU
Date: 31 March 2016
Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to take a corruption investigation into former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva away from a crusading federal judge, as pro-government protests across the country eased pressure on President Dilma Rousseff.
Local television showed tens of thousands of supporters clad in red marching for Rousseff, who has faced growing calls for her impeachment since anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro released a wiretapped conversation of her and Lula this month.
Media: Wall Street Journal
Byline: PAULO TREVISANI and MARLA DICKERSON
Date: 31 March 2016
BRASÍLIA—With her administration on the ropes and many here betting she will be gone by May, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is scrambling to rouse support in congress and on the streets to save her job.
Following the exit of Brazil’s largest party, known as the PMDB, from her ruling coalition on Tuesday, Ms. Rousseff and her closest advisers intensified negotiations with smaller parties to put together enough votes to block impeachment proceedings fast bearing down on her, according to people involved in the talks.
Date: 01 April 2016
Two more senior Brazilian officials have resigned in the latest blow to the government of President Dilma Rousseff.
They are Sports Minister George Hilton and Col Adilson Moreira, who was organizing security at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next August.
Col Moreira reportedly wrote that he was ashamed the country was being led by “an unscrupulous group”.
The resignations come as Ms Rousseff battles for her government’s survival in an impeachment process.
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