• Categories
  • Archives

Defiant Brazil’s House Speaker Says He Won’t Step Down

Severino Cavalcanti, Brazil's House Speaker (president of the Chamber of Deputies(Brazil’s House Speaker, Severino Cavalcanti (from the PP party of the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco), cut short his trip to New York where he had gone for a United Nations meeting.

Cavalcanti decided to rush back to Brazil because of the uproar caused in the country due to charges that he forced a restaurateur in the congressional office building to pay him monthly kickbacks has caused in Brazil.


The opposition is demanding his resignation and threatens to obstruct legislation until he resigns.


Cavalcanti returned to Brazil in a defiant mood though. At a news conference Sunday, September 11, he vehemently refused to step down.


“I will preside over all sessions in the Chamber of Deputies. If others do not fulfill their obligations that is their problem. Deputies are elected to vote, not obstruct,” he declared, adding that he would not take sick leave or any other type of leave of absence.


“I will resist,” he said. “I intend to be the judge in expulsion cases now before the chamber,” he stated, and when asked if he could do that while he himself was being accused of misbehavior before the Ethics Commission, he answered: “In all these motions [for expulsion], I will be the judge.”


Spokesmen for opposition parties say they intend to make formal accusations against Cavalcanti before the Ethics Commission tomorrow (Tuesday, September 13).


ABr

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Slavery Lives

Brazilian Indians who learned the Portuguese and received some schooling are being expelled from ...

Woman, Former Lula Ally, to Run for Presidency in Brazil

Three Brazilian left wing groups have teamed up and last Sunday nominated a woman ...

So Far This Year Brazil Has Exported US$ 122 Bi and Imported US$ 105 Bi

Brazil's trade balance of trade (exports minus imports) recorded a surplus of US$ 1.66 ...

We Don’t Want Your Money, Mr. Bush, Says Brazil

Brazil rejected 48 million dollars from the US to use in AIDS programs. The ...

National Mêlée

The Brazilian national anthem has a story that involves Don Pedro I, the Portuguese ...

Brazil Graduates 20,000 Engineers a Year. That’s Too Little.

The Brazilian industrial sector has just launched a project to modernize engineering in the ...

Dreadful, puzzling, almost lovely Brazil

A beloved music producer is murdered in cold blood; the opposition becomes the government’s ...

Oil pipeline in São Sebastião on the São Paulo coast, Brazil

Brazil Gets Ethanol/Gasoline/Diesel Pipeline

The Brazilian southern state of Paraná will have a multi-pipeline, which will transport alcohol ...

11,000 Brazilians Keep US$ 93 Billion Abroad, Mainly in Tax Paradises

A survey by the Central Bank found that 11,245 Brazilians possessed US$ 93.243 billion ...

Argentina Tries to Broker Peace in Brazil/Venezuela War

Argentine President Nestor Kirchner called Thursday, July 5, on his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inácio ...