Audit clears Brazil’s Rousseff, coup polls lower


Two notable stories coming out of Brazil today, both reported by teleSUR English.

First, an audit has cleared Rousseff of financial wrongdoing, one of the key charges lodged in the impeachment resolution that forced her to step aside:

A report prepared by analysts in the Brazilian Senate said Monday there is no evidence that suspended president Dilma Rousseff participated in fiscal wrongdoing, one of the causes that led to the opening of the impeachment process against her.

The Senate Impeachment Commission has 72 hours to analyze this report, and starting from July 5 they can interview the analysts. The vote to determine whether the impeachment will be confirmed is scheduled to be held on August 9.

teleSUR’s correspondent in Brazil, Ignacio Lemus, said the report indicates that Rousseff did not directly participate in a scheme to manipulate the budget.

According to Lemus, the analysts found that no direct actions were taken by Rousseff to delay payments to public banks by the Brazilian National Treasury.

The report states there are no reasons to continue the impeachment process because Rousseff had no direct participation, and according to the constitution the individual accused must bear direct responsibility.

And in the second story, the interim government holding power pending Rousseff’s trial, has been plagued by scandal, with several ministers already forced to resign in disgrace after revelations that they’d been guilty of the same offenses they’d charged Rousseff with committing.

And now a new poll reveals a catastrophic decline in their popularity:

Three quarters of Brazilians reject Senate-imposed interim president Michel Temer while suspended president Dilma Rousseff has a lower disapproval rating than before the impeachment, according to an IPSOS poll published Monday.

Temer’s disapproval rating was 61 percent in February, and is now 70 percent nationwide. Dilma Rousseff went from having an 80 percent disapproval rating during her impeachment to her current rating of 75 percent.

The figures are part of the first research poll on the image and conduct of the interim government, announced by columnist José Roberto de Toledo, at the State of Sao Paulo.

The poll reflects strong opposition to politicians involved in the Petrobras corruption scandal, including members of Temer’s government, but the interim president is also poorly rated on various aspects of his administration. Polls show he has a 44 percent rating for combating unemployment, 42 percent for resolving the political crisis, 40 percent for fighting inflation and 40 percent for policies around anti-corruption.

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