By over two-thirds majority, or 61 to 20 votes at the Senate, Dilma Rousseff, the first woman president of Brazil, became its first head of state dismissed from office in more than 20 years, on August 31, in Brasilia.
(Soundbite, Portuguese) EDUARDO AMORIM, Senator of the Christian Social Party
“Our president is elected by the people and she should be allowed to complete her term. … We included impeachment into the Constitution, which can be used when necessary, just like now. This really leads to pain for the country, but is a necessary step to adjust the direction.”
For her irregular fiscal decisions, Rousseff was impeached by the Senate, with her Workers’ Party deflowered after 13 years of ruling which lifted millions out of poverty.
(Soundbite, Portuguese) WALDEMIR MOKA, Senator of the Democratic Movement Party
“For those who said that the government reshuffle would terminate the entitlement of the working people, I would like to tell them that we have a pluralistic Congress, where all the issues are allowed to be discussed. Now I believe that these policies don’t enjoy wide popularity. I won’t doubt it even a bit.”
Rousseff labeled her impeachment as a coup d’etat, insisting that she was falsely pilloried, as her widely accepted budgetary maneuver was nailed as a crime.
(Soundbite, Portuguese) VANESSA GRAZZIOTIN, Senator of the Communist Party
“The trial is not an impeachment, but a crime disguised as impeachment. It has no contents of impeachment, which equals a coup. Today we still have hope, but the struggle is really difficult. Politicians, entrepreneurs and pivotal sectors of the society get united to turn a coup into reality. It not only aims the president, but the whole country, in order to change the political pattern.”
68-year-old Rousseff’s Workers’ Party and her supporters would launch a movement named “Direct Elections Now,” in order to turn the table for a situation favorable for the leftists.
(Soundbite, Portuguese) LIDICE DA MATA, Senator of the Social Party
“The cabinet is thus ended within the framework of the ruling by Congress. What we should do immediately is to hold general election in advance. I insist that we Brazilians now face judicial, political and economic crises. We should learn the popular opinions through polls, and decide whether general election is needed in advance.”
Political agony comes and goes in the cycle of time and tide.
The Brazilians are seeing a transition, whether it is called farce or coup.
With its government switching from left to center right, Brazil, as the largest economy in Latin America, starts to embrace a new era.