A last-minute opposition slate on Tuesday was elected by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies to control a special committee organized to evaluate possible impeachment of the country’s President, Dilma Rousseff. The opposition slate was chosen over a list put forward by leaders of the various political parties represented in the Chamber. The opposition slate was chosen by a vote of 272 to 199 following what local reports described as a “tumultuous” congressional session. The committee has 65 members. Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Cunha initiated moves aimed at possible impeachment of Rousseff last week. Charges against the President focus on corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras and alleged irregularities in administration of federal funds. Rousseff has denied any wrong-doing and pledged to fight impeachment. Her efforts were undermined somewhat Monday night by release of blistering letter from Vice President Michel Temer, who accused the President of ignoring him and his political party, the PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democático Brasileiro). In principle, the PMDB is the administration’s chief coalition partner. It boasts the largest congressional caucus and controls a number of key Cabinet posts.
Link to congressional news agency release.More Testimonials