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Over two-thirds of Brazilians support Impeaching Dilma Rousseff 

As it often happens in corrupted versions of politics, few members of the elite are never held accountable for their abuses of power, but when they do, they are brought to justice for lesser crimes which can carry almost no prison terms while the most disgusting crimes against a population is kept in the back burner.

After over a decade in power, the Worker’s Party of Brazil has committed numerous crimes which the media in Brazil have documented throughout the last few years, however, very few of those involved in the crimes have been held accountable.

Often times, people in Brazil ask what do I, as a foreigner living here, think about the future of the country. When explaining my views, I always start with the good news: People are finally awake to the fraud and corruption that the country has been under for over a decade.

I immediately warn that despite the current accusations against high figures of the political class, it will take many years for the clean-up process to end and for the country to begin to improve.

I then say that Brazilians are not only awake, but that they are very awake and very hungry for change. The number of Brazilians who are awake are no longer a silent minority, I highlight. That is what the latest poll produced by Datafolha shows.

A large majority of Brazilians, almost 70 percent are for impeaching Dilma Rousseff and as shown by the media in the last week, millions are for the prosecution of former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

According to Datafolha, 68 percent of Brazilians support the continuation of the process to impeach Dilma Rousseff for alleged violations of fiscal responsibilities committed in 2015.

Brazilians’ support for impeachment grew eight points since February. The survey comes at a time after a new special commission was approved in the Chamber of Deputies to examine whether impeachment is the appropriate path. It does not mean that Rousseff will be impeached, it only means that the deputies, especially those from opposition parties, who are implicated in corruption cases, are carefully raising the heat against the government, should they be accused of anything they don’t like.

The commission is led by Deputy Eduardo Cunha, a man who is being accused of bribery in the scandal known as Petrolão, which took place in the state oil company Petrobras. On the other hand, opposition to the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff has fallen by 6 percent.

After learning about the latest poll results on impeaching Dilma, former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, has said that Rousseff should be deposed from the presidency by Congress. For him, that’s the only way out of the political and economic crisis that the country is in right now.

“I argue that she should have a gesture of greatness and leave. But due to the inability of the government to get that done, the road now is the impeachment. That’s what the streets are shouting “

Vice President Michel Temer, from the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), has been issuing clear signs of his party is driving away from Rousseff as her impeachment becomes more likely. Should Rousseff be impeached, Temer would be the one to take power. However, support for a Temer presidency is too low, 16 percent, according to Datafolha.

Amid new opposition demonstrations in Sao Paulo, the attorney general of the Brazilian government, Eduardo Cardozo, appealed the decision of Gilmar Mendes, the controversial member of the highest Federal Court who invalidated the appointment of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as head of the Civil House. Cardozo said the arrival of Lula to that office “was legal and had no vice.” Mendes is known for its relationship with Cardozo’s Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB).

Under Cardozo’s ruling, the situation of Lula turned back to the hands of the provincial court judge Sergio Moro, who opened an investigation against him under the resonant cause ‘Lava Jato’.

Moro has on his desk a request for the imprisonment of the leader of the Workers Party (PT). The request came from the office of the prosecutor of Sao Paulo, for an alleged crime of concealment of assets.

At this time, Lula lacks privileges and the possibility of his arrest in the air. The former president spoke last Friday night before thousands of people in Sao Paulo and assured them that “there would be no coup” in Brazil.

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About the author: Luis R. Miranda

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder & editor of The Real Agenda News. His career spans over 23 years in every form of news media. He writes about environmentalism, education, technology, science, health, immigration and other current affairs. Luis has worked as on-air talent, news reporter, television producer, and news writer.

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