There’s a new dance in Brazil: Impeachment Samba!
No, not this kind,
The acting president of Brazil’s lower house reversed on Tuesday his decision to annul the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff, which is now likely to take place later this week as previously expected.
In a short statement, Waldir Maranhão, the acting president of the Chamber of Deputies, provided no reason to suspend his earlier decision to annul the process.
Mr. Maranhão, in a surprise step on Monday, moved to annul the lower house’s April 17 decision to send the impeachment process to the Senate for a possible trial, alleging that many deputies had announced their decisions ahead of time, depriving Ms. Rousseff of a fair hearing.
An hour later, Renan Calheiros, the president of Brazil’s Senate, dismissed Mr. Maranhão’s action and said that the Senate would hold its vote as scheduled later this week, possibly leading to Ms. Rousseff’s suspension
In brief: The Chamber of Deputies supported impeachment on April 17. Yesterday its acting president reversed it. An hour later the president of the Senate said they’ll vote on impeachment anyway.
The stock market yo-yos right along, in keeping with the samba.