Opinion: Is Brazil’s Centrão voting bloc considering a “parliamentary coup”?

Arthur Lira's announcement of spurious prerequisites for impeachment could indicate that Bolsonaro might be the second victim of a Brazilian “parliamentary coup”; or, perhaps it is only a reminder, to supporters of an auto-coup by Bolsonaro, that another type of coup is available.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) According to reliable sources, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies president, Arthur Lira, has recently said that there are four prerequisites for him to begin the process of impeachment against President Bolsonaro.

Lira’s four are: (1) an economic recession; (2) low employment generation; (3) lack of political support for the government; and (4) abuse of the powers of office.

With all due respect, the first three of Lira’s criteria are spurious - Brazil’s 1988 . . .

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