Some 2.8 million Brazilians turned out in all 27 states on Sunday to demand the immediate impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. According to press reports, Sunday’s protest demonstrations were the largest in Brazilian history, topping the two million who turned out for anti-Rousseff demonstrations in March of last year. A major difference between the 2015 protests and Sunday’s demonstration was the direct focus on impeachment. Brazil’s Congress has already received proposed articles of impeachment against President Rousseff. The Supreme Court is due to lay down definitive rules for an eventual impeachment procedure later this month. Impeachment gained momentum earlier this month when prosecutors demanded the indictment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, considered President Rousseff’s mentor and sponsor. Prosecutors have accused ex-President Lula of influence-peddling. The accusations against Lula are merely the latest in a long series of corruption allegations involving members of the Rousseff administration. Economic difficulties have also contributed to the President’s unpopularity, with her approval rating hovering at about 10 percent, the lowest for any Brazilian chief executive in modern history.
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