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Brazil took a major step toward the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday when the lower house of Congress voted to send her case to the Senate, which will almost certainly refer her for a trial. It now looks likely that the president will be removed from office and replaced by Michel Temer, her vice president. Ms. Rousseff’s supporters are furious, her opponents are overjoyed, and Brazil’s corrupt politicians are breathing a sigh of relief.

In the hourslong televised session on Sunday, members of Congress explained their decisions as they voted for impeachment: They voted “for peace in Jerusalem,” “for the truckers,” “for the Free Masons of Brazil” and “because of the Communism that threatens this country.” Very few members of congress based their votes on the charges that have actually been brought against the president: that she violated regulations regarding public finances.…  Seguir leyendo »