Brazil’s Justice Min. says audit no grounds for impeachment

Sabrina Valle and Anna Edgerton – Bloomberg Business, 10/4/2015

The expected decision by Brazil’s audit court to reject the government’s 2014 accounting practices isn’t grounds for impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said.

The government will file a complaint Monday against Augusto Nardes, the auditor responsible for the case in the court known as the TCU, and ask for his suspension, Cardozo told reporters in Brasilia. Rousseff’s opponents are using the case to promote reasons for impeachment while the accounts analysis should be technical only, he said.

The alleged violation of government accounting practices is one of the main arguments being used in calls to impeach Rousseff. Her popularity has plummeted with the onset of a recession, rising inflation and devaluation of the currency as the government is embroiled in a bribery and kickback scheme surrounding Petrobras, the state-owned oil company.

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