Brazil opposition parties file request in Congress to impeach Rousseff

MercoPress, 6/18/2015

The most serious move so far to seek her impeachment is based on the findings of a federal audits court that said the Rousseff administration doctored government accounts last year to allow more public spending in the run-up to the October election, in violation of Brazil’s fiscal responsibility law.

The request accuses the president of signing decrees to authorize public spending behind the back of Congress in an election year.

Just six months into her second term after her narrow re-election, Rousseff is facing mounting calls for her resignation or impeachment. She has been weakened by a massive bribery scandal that has implicated members of her coalition, and by Brazil’s slide into the worst recession in decades.

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