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66% of Brazilians Say Congress Voted Coup for Their Own Benefit

  • Written by Wiredja news source -TeleSUR
  • Published in World News
Women protest against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, May 17, 2016. | Photo: Reuters Women protest against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, May 17, 2016. | Photo: Reuters
As the interim government of coup-imposed President Michel Temer continues to act as a permanent power rather than a temporary fix while suspended President Dilma Rousseff stands trial for budget manipulations, a new poll reported Sunday by Globo shows that two thirds of Brazilians believe that lawmakers voted in their own self interest in giving the green light to the impeachment process.

OPINION: Unbreakable Dilma

According to the survey, conducted by Brazilian market research company Ibope between May 12 and 16, only 23 percent of Brazilians believe that members of Congress and the Senate acted “on behalf of the country’s interests” when casting their votes on whether to move forward an impeachment process against Rousseff.

Meanwhile, 66 percent believe that politicians voted “for their own benefit and interests of private parties and institutions” when carrying out what has been called a parliamentary coup.

 

The remainder of respondents answered “both” to the poll question or that they did not have an opinion.

Brazil’s Senate voted 55 to 22 on May 12 after a marathon session to approve an impeachment process against Rousseff, immediately suspending her from office for 180 to face an impeachment trial over allegations of manipulating government budgets. The move installed Vice President Temer as interim president, who appointed an all white male cabinet with a staunch neoliberal agenda.

The Senate decision came after a circus-like vote in the lower house of Congress, where lawmakers voted 367 to 137 in favor of the impeachment proceedings. The majority of pro-impeachment lawmakers dedicated their votes to family members and religious convictions. The charges against Rousseff used as grounds for the impeachment were scarcely mentioned.

ANALYSIS: Michel Temer, Brazil's Biggest Traitor

Unlike many of her pro-impeachment rivals, including Temer, Rousseff has not been accused of any financial impropriety or personal enrichment.

A Senate vote at the end of the six months suspension period will decide with a two-thirds majority whether Rousseff will be permanently removed from office.