Brazil's largest party closer to backing impeachment after protests

lunes 14 de marzo de 2016 18:10 GYT

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA, March 14 (Reuters) - Record protests against President Dilma Rousseff have all but guaranteed her impeachment by pushing hesitant lawmakers from Brazil's biggest party now to favor her ouster, party sources said on Monday.

The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), the biggest partner in Rousseff's governing coalition, is poised to vote against her in ongoing proceedings in Congress to impeach the president, who is beset by a corruption scandal and an economy suffering its worst recession in decades.

Massive turnout for nationwide protests on Sunday, three senior party sources said, tipped the balance within the PMDB. Over one million Brazilians took to the streets to call for Rousseff's ouster.

"Impeachment is inevitable," said one of the three senior PMDB officials, who is close to the government but spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Though the party is notoriously fickle, with no fixed ideology and a longstanding ability to swing with the prevailing political winds, the PMDB has been increasingly reluctant to continue supporting Rousseff.

In a vote at a party convention on Saturday, it resolved to make a final decision on whether to continue supporting Rousseff within 30 days.

To be sure, many variables could still affect Rousseff's political straits.

One important PMDB faction of legislators from Rio de Janeiro still supports the government because the state, which is run by the party, is reliant on federal funds for many ongoing projects.   Continuación...