Senate President Renan Calheiros is deep in conversations with political leaders and representatives from social movements, because the date to conclude the case on President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment request is approaching.
“On Tuesday (Apr. 26) I received former President Lula da Silva, social movements, and mayors. On Wednesday (Apr. 27), I will talk to Vice-President Michel Temer and, soon after, to Senator Aécio Neves, president of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party [main opposition party]. I think that is exactly the role of the Senate president, talk to everyone, all the time, to preserve impartiality and bear responsibility towards the country. Including the President of the Republic, who also asked to talk to me," he reported.
The Senate President reaffirmed that Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski will be the chairman of the House to conduct the proceedings related to the impeachment case. The Constitution provides that Lewandowski shall assume the Senate presidency when they bring Rousseff's impeachment to trial, but Renan wants him to take it over a session before.
"The Supreme Court chief justice will be responsible for chairing two public sessions. One of them will commit the president of the Republic to trial, or dismiss the criminal prosecution, to happen about 15 or 20 days before the final decision, which will be a substantive decision in which the Senate will judge whether the President has committed the alleged crime of responsibility," he said.
Translated by Amarílis Anchieta
Fonte: Agência Brasil.