12 April 2016

Congressional Panel Recommends Impeachment for Brazilian President Rousseff

A Brazilian congressional committee Monday recommended that President Dilma Rousseff face impeachment for alleged corruption.

The accusation against Rousseff — the grounds for impeachment — is that she hid the run-up of the budget deficit through various gimmicks. She denies it. A “yes” vote in the Brazilian Congress’s lower house would trigger a Senate trial, unless she resigns. Compounding public outrage is a vast scandal involving Petrobras, the national oil company. Petrobras has estimated the cost of bribes and rigged construction bids at $3 billion. Dozens of executives and public officials have been implicated. In March, 3 million or more Brazilians demonstrated to protest the Petrobras scandal and Rousseff.