Marcelo Nino – Folha de S. Paulo, 05/19/2016
The US ambassador for the OAS (Organisation of American States) dismissed the notion that a coup is underway in Brazil. He rejected the concern voiced by member states such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua in the plenary of the organisation this Wednesday (18).
This is the first time that the American government has openly dismissed a notion that impeachment of suspended President Dilma Rousseff was a coup d’etat, as she has claimed. Until now, the US’s position was one of cautious reticence, although it had constantly reiterated the conviction that the impeachment case respected democratic norms.
Michael Fitzpatrick, the American ambassador, intervened to contradict the claim made by the Bolivian and Venezuelan representatives that the impeachment was a coup.