Opinion: Brazil’s Impeachment Process – a Primer

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Under Article 85 of the 1988 Federal Constitution, Impeachment is justifiable when the President commits a “crime de responsabilidade”. That article lists many specific illicit activities, essentially repeating the terms of Federal Law 1079 of 1950. The STF has already issued an opinion that Congress must follow Law 1079.

The statutory process began on Wednesday, December 2nd, when the President of the Chamber of Deputies accepted a petition for impeachment submitted by a . . .

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