Brazil’s PMDB party quits ruling coalition
The PMDB, the largest party in Brazil’s ruling coalition, has voted for an “immediate exit” from President Dilma Rousseff’s government.
The move could hasten impeachment proceedings against President Rousseff, correspondents say.
Opposition lawmakers want to remove Ms Rousseff over claims she manipulated accounts to hide a growing deficit.
Following Tuesday’s vote, the embattled president cancelled a trip to attend a summit in Washington this week.
At its leadership meeting on Tuesday, the PMDB [Brazilian Democratic Movement Party] decided that its six remaining ministers in President Rousseff’s cabinet must resign or face ethics proceedings.
“The decision was taken by acclaim in a historical meeting marking the withdrawal from Dilma (Rousseff’s) government,” Senator Romero Juca tweeted [in Portuguese].
The announcement came a day after tourism minister Henrique Eduardo Alves from the PMDB stood down.
The BBC’s Laura Bicker in Sao Paulo says President Rousseff could now be temporarily suspended from office by Congress as early as May.
She would be replaced by Vice-President Michel Temer, leader of the PMDB, while the Senate decides if she should permanently leave her post, our correspondent adds.
“The move could hasten impeachment proceedings against President Rousseff, correspondents say.”
the wheels keep turning..strong forces are moving against rouseff..i think they will be going to the polls pretty soon..
“The BBC’s Laura Bicker in Sao Paulo says President Rousseff could now be temporarily suspended from office by Congress as early as May.”