Brazil's Main Opposition Party Still Divided to Join New Government
Apr 26, 2016 04:35 AM EDT
Following a huge defeat in lower house of Congress, President Dilma Roussef will face impeachment in the Senate of Brazil. While Vice President Temer prepares to take over presidency.
On Sunday, lower house of Congress voted 367-137 to approve impeachment of president Dilma Roussef. Brazilian lower house of Congress has accused president Roussef for administrative misconduct, cutting off the federal budget, and involvement in the Petrobras scandal. Following the voting, major opposition party according to Voice of America, will support the vice president govenment.
Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) has announced support to a government to be led by Vice President Michel Temer. Nevertheless, the right-wing party has not decided to join the government. Previously, Tener's center party, Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), quit the government last month to distance themselves from president Dilma Roussef.
In an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday, Temer said that he wanted to regain people's trust. He also said that there is no coup in president Dilma Roussef impeachment, as 62% of people supported the impeachment. President Roussef has accused him to lead the conspiracy to oust her as the president, which he denied.
"What conspiracy am I leading? Do I have the power to convince 367 members of congress? More than half of Brazil's population," he said. "I think the President is wrong on this point as well."
Investors believe Temer will be able to restore confidence in Brazil's economy, the largest in the Latin America. As the worst recession and acute fiscal crisis had caused its credit rating to be downgraded last December. The impeachment of president Dilma Roussef from Worker Party will be the end of center-left government in Brazil.
In a Sunday's voting, the lower house of Congress agreed to send formal impeachment recommendation to Senate, on the ground of crimes de responsabilidade, according to Brazilian law. Huffington Post reported that foreign media translated the word "crimes de responsabilidade" as high crimes and misdemeanors, with reference to Section 4 of Article Two of the United States Constitution in regard to impeachment of the president.
Senate was already scheduled to select a 21-member committee that will report to the upper house of Congress. The committee will recommend whether president Rousseff will be put on trial for deliberately breaking budget laws to boost her reelection bid in 2014.
Meanwhile, students are protesting the impeachment along with citizens. Many Brazilian citizens are opposing the impeachment which deemed to be counter productive for the country's democracy.
As president Dilma Roussef will face impeachment in the Senate, major opposition party right-wing still divided over joining the new government. Meanwhile, Vice President Temer's center party will need the full support to establish a strong center-right government.