Rousseff’s impeachment opens new era of conflict in Brazil

The case against Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has become much stronger over the weekend, with legislators in the lower house approving impeachment of Rouseff after being she was accused of using state banks funds to cover deficits in the country’s budget. Kenneth Roberts professor of government at Cornell University and expert in Latin American politics says the vote – which still needs senate approval – opens a new era of political uncertainty in Latin America’s largest democracy.

Roberts says:
“A congressional vote to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff opens a new era of institutional uncertainty and political conflict in Latin America’s largest democracy.

“Given the constitutionally dubious grounds for the impeachment – Rousseff is accused of mismanaging government accounts but not criminal activities – and the swirl of corruption charges facing the leaders of the congressional opposition, the standoff is more political than legal. It is indicative of a growing political polarization that threatens to paralyze the country’s democratic institutions.”

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