Saturday, May 07, 2016

He's out!

Eduardo Cunha, speaker  of Brazil's House of Representatives, is out if office now. Yesterday morning, Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki accepted an injunction requested on December 2015 by the Prosecutor  General, Mr. Rodrigo Janot, and suspended Mr. Cunha. The Prosecutor- General demanded Cunha's removal for allegedly intimidation of lawmakers, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
In the afternoon, the full court voted unanimously to suspend the speaker of the lower house, thus upholding Justice Zavascki's decision. 
Also this week, Brazil's Vice-President, Michel Temer, was ordered to pay a fine for exceeding campaing financing limits.
Mr. Cunha is deemed as the least popular politician, with 77% of Brazilians saying they would like to see the representative removed from his post, according to a recent survey.   An extreme-right conservative, he stands for Pentecostal church Assembleia de Deus ideas, and openly opposes women's rights, which he regards as "of little importance".  He recently passed a draft making it more difficult for  women whose pregnancy result from rape to get an abortion.
 He is targeted by Operação Lava Jato (Car Wash Operation), which investigates a huge corruption scheme that has diverted millions of dollars from PETROBRAS, the country's gigantic state-owned oil company.   Mr. Cunha faces charges of bribery, money laundering and those mentioned in the Prosecutor-General's request.

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