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Rousseff says political crisis won't affect Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

April 19, 20:11 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
On Sunday evening, Brazil's lower house of parliament voted in favor of impeaching the country’s president
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

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RIO DE JANEIRO, April 19. /TASS/. The political crisis in Brazil will not affect the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro that the city will host in the period from August 5 to 21, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told foreign journalists on Tuesday.

"The government is doing everything to ensure that the Olympic Games take place. These games will become the best in the world," she said, answering a corresponding question.

On Sunday evening, Brazil's lower house of parliament voted in favor of impeaching the country’s president.

A special congressional commission in Brazil on Monday voted for impeaching President Dilma Rousseff. As many as 38 deputies on the 65-strong body voted for the impeachment.

Under Brazilian legislation, the commission’s verdict was to be considered at a plenary session of the lower house of parliament, which voted for impeaching Dilma Rousseff on April 17. A total of 367 deputies voted for the impeachment with the minimum required number of 342 MP votes. Now the move for the head of state’s ouster from office will be submitted for consideration of the Federal Senate - the parliament’s upper house. A simple majority of voted of the senators is required for supporting the move. If more than 50% of the Senate members approve the beginning of the impeachment process for Rousseff, she will quit he post within 180 days during which the parliamentarians will be considering her case. During that period, the country will be headed by Vice President Michel Temer. If the senators do not agree with the arguments of the initiators of the president’s impeachment, she will return to her duties. If they support the move, Temer will stay on the post of the head of state until the 2018 elections.

Rousseff is accused of using state bank money to plug holes in the federal budget. She argues that previous presidents did similar things and stresses that she has not been charged with a crime.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow hoped that the problems in Brazil would be solved within the constitutional legal framework and without outside interference. She said that Moscow was closely following the deterioration of the situation in Brazil due to the decision passed by the lower house of the National Congress to launch the impeachment proceedings against this country’s president. She recalled that Brazil and Russia were linked by the strategic partnership relations and long-term successful experience of cooperation in various multilateral forums - the UN, G20 group and BRICS.

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