Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Congressional Vote for Impeachment Declared Invalid

The new speaker of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, Waldir Maranhão, declared invalid the vote by the lower house of Congress in favor of impeaching President Rousseff, claiming that procedural rules were broken during the process. This decision follows a Supreme Court order for Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, to step down due to the corruption charges against him. It also comes just two days before the Senate is schedueld to take vote on wether or not Dilma Rousseff will be suspended of her presidential duties. Mr. Maranhão defends his decision as an effort to “save democracy,” while others see it as a joke to democracy that is further creating chaos in times of political crisis in Brazil.

May 10, 2016