FILE PHOTO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro holds up his mask (Photo: REUTERS / Adriano Machado)

The Brazilian opposition registered this Wednesday in the Chamber of Deputies a “super request for impeachment” against President Jair Bolsonaro, besieged by suspicions of corruption of his government in the purchase of anticovid vaccines.

The document, signed by dozens of left-wing parties, unions and social organizations, but also by some former allies of Bolsonaro, brings together a one hundred impeachment requests already delivered to the camera with more than 20 accusations, such as having acted with “negligence” in the face of the pandemic that has already left more than 500,000 dead in the country.

The president constantly opposed social isolation measures, promoted crowds without the use of masks, questioned the efficacy of vaccines and promoted drugs without proven efficacy against the disease.

Management seeks pressure the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira, to give way to some of the impeachment requests that accumulate in his drawers.

Observers consider it unlikely that Lira, an ally of Bolsonaro, make up your mind to take that step.

And if that happens, they doubt for the moment that the request will be approved, since it will require the support of two thirds of the deputies and Bolsonaro, despite the fall in popularity. it has the support of a heterogeneous coalition of conservative parties.

But The initiative joins a growing social mobilization and the work of a Parliamentary Investigation Commission (CPI) installed two months ago by the Senate to investigate possible omissions of the government in the management of the pandemic and that in the last sessions raised suspicions of corruption in the negotiation and purchase of vaccines.

On Monday, three senators filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court for an investigation into whether Bolsonaro committed the crime of “prevarication”By not reporting one of those suspicions, of which he would have been aware.

The opposition carried out massive protests throughout the country on May 29 and June 19 and advanced to next Saturday the one that was scheduled to take place on July 23.

Among the signatories of the “super request for impeachment”Include the Workers’ Party (PT) of the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as well as unions of workers and students, legal entities and anti-racist groups.

The “street” factor

Protest against Bolsonaro in Brasilia on May 29, 2021 (Photo: REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino)
Protest against Bolsonaro in Brasilia on May 29, 2021 (Photo: REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino)

“We view this impeachment request with great skepticism. We do not see an adhesion of a strong or sufficient set of political forces to break Bolsonaro’s armor in the Chamber, ”he told the agency AFP the political analyst Creomar de Souza, from the Dharma consultancy.

But “We are attentive to the ramifications or the emergence of new complaints”, added.

“An impeachment depends a lot on the street. We are organizing the third march, this week. With this corruption complaint, I think that the streets will increase the pressure, ”he told the AFP the deputy Paulo Teixeira, of the PT, in reference to the mobilization of opposition sectors.

(By Jordi Miro – AFP)


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