The president of the Progressive Party (PP), Senator Ciro Nogueira, announced today (Apr. 6) that the party should remain in President Dilma Rousseff's ruling coalition, at least up to the end of the impeachment proceedings against her, currently under consideration in the Chamber of Deputies.
Today, the PP has 54 congresspeople: 48 deputies and six senators at work, plus three deputies on leave.
The party had slated a national meeting at its headquarters to take a stance regarding its allegiance with the government. However, Nogueira said, the same lawmakers who requested the meeting changed their minds. “A document was signed by 24 senators and deputies calling for a break from the government. The meeting had been scheduled for 2 pm, but in a preliminary survey of the 57 voting members, over 40 wanted the party to remain in the coalition,” said the senator, who held in his hands the document calling off the assembly.
Senator Ciro Nogueira said he has not yet decided whether he will allow members of the Congress in the party to choose their own vote on the president's impeachment. “I cannot deny that a significant number of our members would vote for the impeachment, and that these people must be respected. [However,] it is the responsibility of our board to stand next to President Dilma in her coalition. It's something we'll discuss on the next few days, but our position is to stand by the president in this moment.”
Ciro Nogueira denied that the decision was made in exchange for more room in the government, which could include a position as health minister. He stated that no negotiations will be held regarding government posts before the impeachment case is over in the lower house.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.