Saturday 25 November 2017

Predecessor confident Brazil's Dilma Rousseff can survive impeachment bid

Dilma Rousseff pictured greeting David Cameron in Brasilia
Dilma Rousseff pictured greeting David Cameron in Brasilia

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he believes his embattled successor Dilma Rousseff can survive mounting pressure in Congress for her impeachment.

Mr Silva told international journalists in Sao Paulo that Ms Rousseff can resist even if junior partner PMDB party leaves the Cabinet in a Tuesday meeting.

If Ms Rousseff is impeached for breaking fiscal laws, PMDB president and Brazil's vice president Michel Temer will take over.

Mr Silva has said he will talk to Mr Temer and other politicians in Brasilia to help now unpopular Ms Rousseff keep her job.

The former president insisted that he does not want to be "an intruder" in government and denied claims he joined the government to avoid arrest on corruption charges.

Mr Silva also said Brazil's democracy is at risk if impeachment is approved.

Press Association

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