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The lower house has voted. What's next?

The first vote from the house is in, and the impeachment vote has passed. This is really bad news for President Rousseff

The preliminary vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff has passed through the house.

What does this mean?

This DOES NOT mean that the president is impeached. This was just a vote to decide whether an impeachment trial should proceed. The vote now goes to the Senate, they must decide if a trial should proceed.

Should the Senate consider the motion, Ms Rousseff will be suspended for 180 days while the impeachment trial is going on.

The current President has decried the impeachment vote as an attempted “coup”. She has denied the allegations, and accuses those who voted against her as being hypocrites:

This was an impassioned debate, as a member of the house, Jair Bolsonaro, dedicated his vote to Carlos Brilhante Ustra, aka Dr Tibiriçá, who was a recognized torturer in defense of military dictatorship. This dedication led to a left-wing deputy Jean Wyllys to spit towards Deputy Bolsonaro.


Most people, in the recent weeks expected this impeachment to go ahead, as Rousseff’s coalition started to fall apart, and party after party deserted her.

Many Brazilians are elated that this has happened. They saw President Rousseff as a poor manager of the state and her party as corrupt. Now that Vice-PresidentTemer is taking over, they admit that Temer is not perfect, but is “the lesser of two evils”, as the charges that he is accused of are far less sinister than those of President Rousseff.


What exactly did the President do?

People are seeking her impeachment for numerous reasons, both explicitly illegal, actions that seem unethical (but are not illegal), and for her poor management of the economy.






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