Brazil’s Rousseff calls for referendum on early elections

Anthony Boadle – Reuters, 06/10/2016

Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff is calling for a referendum on whether to hold early elections if she survives removal from office in an impeachment trial that is expected to conclude in August.

“We must consult the population to rebuild a constitutional pact that was broken by the impeachment process,” Rousseff said in an interview aired on Thursday night by the government television channel TV Brasil.

Under the Brazilian electoral timetable, presidential elections are scheduled every four years, with the next due in 2018.

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