The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) decided to announce in 30 days whether or not it will withdraw its support for President Dilma Rousseff. The statement was made by Senator Romero after he arrived at the party's Brasília convention, held Saturday morning (Mar. 13).
“We'll take here today a unified and consistent stand on the crisis facing Brazil. All rupture and withdrawal proposals will be considered and taken into consideration. But we're also deciding that, within 30 days, the headquarters will analyze all said proposals, and only then, with our unity as a base, will we make the decision to be implemented and demanded from all party members. To make the rupture earlier would mean to break the promise we made of not making any hasty decision here today,” Jucá said.
According to the senator, the PMDB is preparing to help rebuild Brazil “with other political forces, other parties, because the PMDB can't do it by its own.” “We'll pay close attention to the demonstrations tomorrow. A number of PMDB members will be taking part in them in their states. Tomorrow is a crucial day for all citizens. A change can't be made in Brazil without the participation of the people,” he added.
In his view, the convention is not against President Rousseff, but a defense of Brazil. “We want to bring about a new state of affairs, a new landscape for Brazil which would reverse the lack of credibility, judicial security and predictability in the economy, and also unemployment. Brazil's moving backwards. We have to change that. It'll be a major political effort made in partnership with Brazilian society.”
Senator Valdir Raupp, PMDB's vice-president, also argued for independence from the Rousseff's administration, including resigning positions the party currently occupies in the Executive branch. “I've always maintained that the PMDB must not simply occupy government posts if it plans to appoint its own presidential candidate in 2018.”
Many of the congresspeople who spoke urged the political party to leave the government's coalition at once. In the convention hall, audience members were heard shouting “out now,” “down with Rousseff,” and “down with the PT.”
At the convention, 454 party members with voting power will elect the members of the party's national council, who in turn will choose the new National Executive Commission. Brazil's vice-President Michel Temer is also expected to return to his position as the party's national leader.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.