Brazil Vice-President Michel Temer could face impeachment..committee head recommends Rousseff’s impeachment
A Supreme Court judge in Brazil has ordered the lower house of congress to create a commission to analyse whether impeachment proceedings against Vice-President Michel Temer should go ahead.
Judge Marco Aurelio Mello overruled a decision by the speaker of the lower house who had rejected the request.
President Dilma Rousseff also faces impeachment proceedings.
It raises the possibility that both the president and the vice-president could be ousted from office.
Tuesday’s ruling can be appealed against and overturned by a majority vote by the full Supreme Court.
The request to start impeachment proceedings against Mr Temer was filed back in December by lawyer Mariel Marley Marra.
Mr Marra, who said he was acting as a private citizen, demanded that Mr Temer be impeached over allegations that he manipulated government accounts to hide a growing deficit.
The speaker of the lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, rejected the request saying it lacked merit.
The head of a congressional committee in Brazil set up to analyse whether President Dilma Rousseff should face an impeachment vote has given his recommendation.
Lawmaker Jovair Arantes said he thought there were enough grounds for impeachment proceedings to continue.
President Rousseff is alleged to have manipulated government accounts to hide a growing deficit, which she denies.
Mr Arantes’ decision is non-binding but could sway undecided lawmakers.
The 65-member committee which Mr Arantes heads will vote on Monday on whether it thinks the impeachment proceedings should go ahead.
Regardless of the outcome, the full lower house of Congress will convene on 17 April to vote on the matter.
That latter vote will be key in deciding whether Ms Rousseff stays in power.
But she was boosted on Wednesday when the centrist Progressive Party said it would remain in her governing coalition until the vote.
“It is clear a majority [of the PP] does not want to break with Rousseff,” party leader Senator Ciro Nogueira said. “They will tend to vote for the president over impeachment.”
If two-thirds of the lower house vote for her impeachment, Ms Rousseff will be suspended for 180 days, while the matter goes to the upper house, the Senate.
its not going away..there will be nobody left to impeach the way its heading!
“Regardless of the outcome, the full lower house of Congress will convene on 17 April to vote on the matter. That latter vote will be key in deciding whether Ms Rousseff stays in power.”
thats the defining day..