Opinion: A Primer on Brazilian Impeachment

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon is reverting to didactic mode, so if you’re looking for entertainment, you should check out the Nightlife Guide. This column will be an explanation of what is likely to happen during the (for Dilma) not-very-merry month of May.

In both the United States and Brazil, impeachment is similar to an indictment made by a grand jury. After an indictment has been brought there is a trial by jury to decide whether a defendant is guilty. In both countries, the “grand jury” is the lower house of Congress . . .

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