Brazil impeachment papers about to drop as crisis hits new stage

David Biller – Bloomberg, 10/20/2015

For the second time in Brazil’s 30-year-old democracy, the country finds itself lurching toward the impeachment of its president.

A group of high-profile lawyers plans to file a request Wednesday to begin the proceedings, nudging President Dilma Rousseff closer to being ousted after months of will-she or won’t-she-be-impeached speculation that has paralyzed Congress, rattled financial markets and deepened an economic slump.

If lower house President Eduardo Cunha, a Rousseff rival, accepts the request, it will trigger a months-long process and exacerbate the drama of corruption and political infighting that has highlighted Brazil’s fall from emerging-market darling.

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