Local press reports on Monday indicated withdrawal of a major political party, the PMDB, from Brazil’s governing coalition was inevitable. The PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro) National Committee is due to meet Tuesday to decide whether to stick with the administration of unpopular President Dilma Rousseff or withdraw. The party controls a half dozen key Cabinet posts. Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer is PMDB National Chairman. Temer has been openly lobbying fellow committee members to withdraw from the government and support Rousseff’s impeachment. Press reports said Rousseff has no more than a dozen supporters on the 127-member PMDB committee. Rousseff governs Brazil in the name of her own party, the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores), but she relies on the PMDB and smaller parties for votes in Congress. Withdrawal of the PMDB from the governing coalition could pave the way for Rousseff’s impeachment. The Chamber of Deputies is currently examining an impeachment motion based on alleged budget irregularities in the Rousseff administration. Other motions, linked directly to alleged corruption in the PT, are waiting in the wings.
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