Brazil lawmakers move to oust House speaker Eduardo Cunha

Reed Johnson and Rogerio Jelmayer – The Wall Street Journal, 10/13/2015 

Lawmakers moved to oust the powerful head of Brazil’s lower house of Congress for alleged corruption, complicating a crisis that has upended the nation’s politics and worsened a deep recession.

Fifty legislators from seven political parties asked the ethics committee of the Chamber of Deputies to open a process to remove Eduardo Cunha, who authorities say pocketed millions in bribes as part of a graft ring at state-run oil giant Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

“It is pathetic to have as speaker of the house a lawmaker with such accusations against him,” said Deputy Chico Alencar, head of the Socialism and Liberty Party or PSOL. “He needs to be removed…in order not to throw the institution into the mud.”

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