The decision to open impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is the latest stage in an ongoing political battle that has plagued Rousseff since she assumed office for her second term in January 2015. Regardless of the proceedings’ final outcome, the decision will not address Brazil’s critical problem – its economy. Rather, the value of the impeachment proceedings is the legal, democratic and social precedent it will set for future Brazilian governments.
On Dec. 2, the president of Brazil’s lower house Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, announced that he will allow a filed motion for impeachment against Rousseff to go forward. The grounds for impeachment are that the president violated fiscal laws, according to Brazil’s Federal Court of Accounts, by purposely delaying repayments to Brazilian lenders in order to pay for social programs, an action that made the nation’s fiscal account appear to be healthier than it was. The court found the presiden
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