RAW: Rousseff cautious about lower house’s annulment of her impeachment
Waldir Maranhao, acting Speaker for the lower house of Brazilian Congress, announces on May 9 his decision to nullify the chamber’s voting last month for the Senate to open an impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff.
The president appears cautious about the sudden U-turn, as the Senate rejects the lower house’s decision and still goes on with the vote for her impeachment scheduled for May 11.
(Soundbite) Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian President
“I hear it now the same way you all learn about it. It is known around the world that an appeal was accepted (by the lower house) and therefore the process (of impeachment against me) is suspended. … It is not official. I do not know what the consequences are. Please be cautious. We are living a situation of tricks and gimmicks. ”
Rousseff is put into the impeachment process over the accusation of mismanaging state budget.
The Senate will decide whether to open a trial this week. If so, she will be suspended from her duty for 180 days.