“I’m outraged by this decision. … I will not be beaten, I will not be paralyzed. I will continue to fight and I will fight as I did all my life.” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sounded her resilience with reporters after the House gave a green light for her impeachment on Sunday with two-thirds of the votes.
Within 48 hours, a Senate special committee, appointed Tuesday, will have to choose its president and the rapporteur. With Thursday a holiday, a decision is expected next week. Later, the commission will have 10 days to study the case against Rousseff and prepare a report that will be discussed and submitted to vote in the plenary of the Senate, which will decide — by a simple majority — whether to table or send the process forward.
If the case is accepted by the Senate, Rousseff will be suspended from office for 180 days and replaced by Vice President Michel Temer, who is also facing impeachment for allegedly rigging the government budget to make it appear better to voters. If Rousseff also loses in the commission vote, the senators will decide (by a two-thirds majority) whether to direct the president’s case to the Federal Supreme Court.
“Temer is the return of inequality in Brazil,” said the leader of the Landless Workers’ Party, Joao Pedro Stedile.