Bid to Speed Up Impeachment Trial Angers Senate Backers of Brazil’s Rousseff

Bid to Speed Up Impeachment Trial Angers Senate Backers of Brazil’s Rousseff
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3 June 2016
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The proposal by Sen. Simone Tebet of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, which is led by interim head of state Michel Temer, opens up the possibility that the trial could be concluded in mid-July as opposed to early August.

The motion was accepted by a clear majority of the impeachment committee’s 21 senators but angrily opposed by the suspended president’s supporters.

The head of Rousseff’s defense team, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, was present at Thursday’s session and said Tebet’s proposal would “trample the constitution” and take away his client’s right to a proper defense.

Due to the lack of consensus, Brazil’s Supreme Court will decide the matter in the coming days.

Rousseff was suspended from office last month for allegedly purposely delaying the repayment of loans from state-owned banks and carrying out other fiscal maneuvers in 2014, when she won re-election, and in 2015 to disguise the size of the budget deficit.

If Rousseff is found guilty of violating budget laws, Temer would serve out the rest of her term, which expires on Jan. 1, 2019.

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