Brazil Opposition Lawmakers Demand Rousseff Resignation During Session

Reuters/New York Times, 03/17/2016

Dozens of lawmakers opposed to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff chanted “resign” at a Congressional session late on Wednesday, in a sign of rising political tensions in Latin America’s largest economy.

The lawmakers gathered around a microphone interrupted the session to demand Rousseff’s resignation, according to images broadcast live by news channel GloboNews. Rousseff’s administration is struggling with fallout from a sweeping corruption probe, known as “Operation Car Wash.”

In a bid to stave off impeachment proceedings in Congress, Rousseff named her predecessor and political mentor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as her chief of staff on Wednesday.

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