Rio de Janeiro – Impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff were back on track on Tuesday after a legislative leader reversed his decision from the day before to annul the process.
Waldir Maranhao said that the impeachment process could go on, meaning there would likely be a vote in the Brazilian Senate on Wednesday.
Maranhao, the interim head of the legislature’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, had only on Monday annulled the April 17 vote to seek impeachment, citing procedural problems.
He said that if the Senate votes by a simple majority to consider the impeachment, Rousseff would be suspended for 180 days, during which time the Senate would investigate the case.
However a two-thirds majority would be required in the upper house to permanently remove her from office.
Report says Rousseff stands accused of tampering figures to disguise the size of Brazil’s budget deficit during her 2014 re-election campaign.
Rousseff and her supporters have called the impeachment vote an attempted coup and have pointed out she has not been charged with any crime.
However, Rousseff’s presidency has been battered by a recession brought on by a drop in commodities markets and slowing global economy.
Meanwhile, unemployment in Brazil rose to 9.6 million workers in 2015. (dpa/NAN)