Brazilian Congress Flooded with Requests for Ouster of Legislators

    The president of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, Severino Cavalcanti (PP-PE), said, Wednesday, August 3, that he is concerned about what he considers an excessive number of remonstrations against deputies.

    On Tuesday, August 2, the PL and the PTB parties presented the Council of Ethics and Parliamentary Decorum with eight petitions to annul mandates of members of the Chamber.


    As Cavalcanti sees it, there is no way that the eight petitions can be analyzed simultaneously, because the Council lacks the structure for this.


    “How long has the process to strip the deputy (Roberto Jefferson) of his mandate been underway, without any resolution up to now? What I want is punishment for those who violated parliamentary decorum, the ethical and moral principles of the House,” he affirmed.


    Yesterday, the PL filed six petitions with the Chair of the Chamber against deputies from the Brazilian Labor Party (PTB). The PL justifies the suits on the grounds that parliamentary decorum was breached by these deputies having received unfair advantages in the form of unreported funds to pay off campaign debts.


    On Tuesday the PTB filed petitions with the Council of Ethics against Deputies José Dirceu (PT-SP) and Sandro Mabel (PL-GO) for breach of parliamentary decorum.


    Ex-Presidential Chief of Staff Dirceu was charged with direct involvement in the payment of monthly stipends to legislators, while Mabel is accused of being one of those responsible for distributing the monthly stipends to fellow party members.


    President Cavalcanti declared that he will submit the petitions to the Council of Ethics in the order in which they arrived at the Chair. By the rules of the Chamber, the Council of Ethics has 90 days to analyze each request.


    Agência Brasil

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