The meeting of the special committee on impeachment at the Chamber of Deputies that is examining the impeachment case against President Dilma Rousseff ended in a commotion on Wednesday (Mar. 30). There were quarrels that verged on physical confrontation between deputies. The chair of the impeachment committee, Deputy Rogério Rosso, was accused of manipulating the meeting at the request of the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, in favor of pro-impeachment deputies.
The tumult began after the committee had heard statements of two of the lawyers who filed the impeachment case, when Rosso closed the meeting and called the end of the committee-related activity because the floor proceedings had begun. This angered deputies that wanted to ask Reale and Paschoal further questions.
Some deputies accused Rosso of breaking an agreement in the morning that the meeting would continue even after the floor votes began because it was a public hearing. According to Deputy Ivan Valente of the pro-government side, Rosso was undemocratic. “He has no more authority as chairman of the committee,” Valente said. Rosso contended that he was merely observing the house rules forbidding the concomitance of committee-related activity and floor proceedings. “We must abide by the rules,” he argued.
During the argument, there was a physical altercation between two deputies who started pushing each other and had to be pulled apart.
Translated by Mayra Borges
Fonte: Agência Brasil.