Allies and Rivals of Rouseff Back VP Temer’s Prosecution

Polls showed that both supporters and opponents of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff back the impeachment of Vice President Michel Temer.

Michel Temer
Michel Temer

A poll, carried out in Sao Paulo on Sunday among protesters on both sides of the Rousseff impeachment, found that 54 percent of those wanting Rousseff to be removed also favored Temer’s departure, while 79 percent of the president’s supporters backed Temer’s impeachment.

Michel Temer
Michel Temer

The pro-impeachment march saw 68 percent of people saying a Temer government would be normal or bad for the country, while this view was shared by 88 percent of Rousseff defenders.

Temer has refused to be the next head of state, should Rousseff be impeached, which seems to unite those for and against her impeachment, according to data released Monday by the Datafolha polling institute.

In an earlier poll of the wider Brazilian population, 35 percent thought a Temer government would be bad for the country, while 35 percent considered it would be normal.

On Sunday, Datafolha also interviewed protesters on whether Chamber of Deputies President Eduardo Cunha should lose his mandate. About 87 percent of those against Rousseff said Cunha should go, alongside 94 percent of the president’s fans.

The Chamber of Deputies, or the lower house of parliament, voted on Sunday with more than a two-thirds majority in favor of impeaching Rousseff, sending the issue to the Senate.

Should the Senate decide within 24 days to begin an impeachment trial, Rousseff will have to step aside for 180 days for the trial to proceed, with Temer taking over as acting president.

Source: Xinhua

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