President Dilma Rousseff said today (Apr. 19) that Brazil has a "dormant coupist vein" and that, after the country's democratization, all presidents have faced ousting proceedings in Congress.
"If we traced the presidents' path in my country during the presidential regime from Getúlio Vargas, we would realize that the impeachment has systematically became an instrument against the elected presidents. I'm sure that there was not a single president after the country's democratization that has not faced an ousting process in Congress. They all had," reported Rousseff in an interview with foreign journalists at Palácio do Planalto, the presidential office.
The president also noted that if the economic crisis was considered an argument to oust a president, "not a single president from developed countries would survive the deep economic crisis with unemployment." For her, the political crisis in Brazil has not resulted of the current economic crisis.
The president pointed out that the current crisis is happening because she was re-elected in 2014 by a narrow margin, having a little over 3 million votes of advantage. Rousseff received 54 million votes. "This lost election by that margin made the Brazilian defeated opposition quite reactive to this victory, and so they began a process of destabilization to my mandate since its beginning. My second term of office, for 15 months, is marked by the political destabilization," she reported.
Backed by 367 votes with 137 against, deputies approved this Sunday (Apr. 17) to move forward the impeachment proceedings against the president. The case was submitted Monday (Apr. 18) to the Senate. If the senators approve the admissibility of the case, the president will step aside for up to 180 days, or until the impeachment process is concluded.
Translated by Amarílis Anchieta
Fonte: Agência Brasil.