Brazil’s Congressional Committee have voted on Monday in favor of the impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff. The Worker’s Party leader faces allegations of violating fiscal rules to mask budget problems prior to the 2014 election.
The result received mixed reactions as opponents of Rousseff agrees with the process being in line with majority of Brazilians. Supporters of the president on the other hand cried foul and claimed it as a blatant power grab by the opposition.
The special congressional commission gathered a total vote of 65 with 38 inclined to proceed with the impeachment.
Despite the result, it’s still a long way to go to get the decision finalized. Those inclining to support the decision need to first secure the votes of two-thirds of the 513 seats in the lower house. Afterwards it still needs to be approved twice by the Senate, first by simple majority and second, by two-thirds.
The government can also challenge the process in the supreme court. Given the turbulent nature of any political landscape, it can go either way.
The situation have led to tensions in Brasilia, where demonstrators from both supporters and opposing camps have started gathering outside of Congress. Public security officials expected rallies in the hundreds of thousands participants by the time of the plenary vote.
Troops are planned to be deployed alongside police forces and barricades have been erected to separate the two camps in order to keep things under control.