Impeachment in Brazil: A very dangerous precedent


Dilma Rousseff

The PES is deeply concerned about the decision of the Brazilian Senate to remove Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from office. We believe the procedure to be legally questionable, politically motivated and antidemocratic.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said: "This is very bad news for Brazil and for democracy in Latin America. Brazil was a prime example of a stable democracy on the continent. This impeachment procedure is a very serious precedent, it will increase institutional instability and it may lead to a constant clash of legitimacies within the state." 

Stanishev also praised the work of Rousseff - the first woman president of Brazil - and of the Brazilian Workers’ Party PT: "In the 13 years of PT rule, millions were saved of poverty and the country’s profile raised on the global stage. The impeachment is a result of conservative parties abusing a democratic instrument to remove a democratically legitimised president from office." 

The PES calls on all democratic forces in Brazil to establish a process of dialogue and to keep alive the democratic processes in the country.