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Referring to the impeachment process in Brazil

Affonso Massot

Retired diplomat. Former Ambassador of Brazil to The Netherlands, Greece and Lebanon".

"Dear Sirs,

I write this letter in connection with the editorial “Making Brazil’s Political Crisis Worse”. As a reader and admirer of “ The New York Times,” I cannot but regret its approch and sincerely believe the editorialist was misinformed about the Brazilian reality and based his judgment on the Constitution of the USA.

In fact, the American Constitution in its article II, section 4, states  “ the President shall be removed from Office on impeachment for, and conviction of Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”.  The editorial states that Mrs. Rousseff is poised to pay a disproportionately high price for administrative wrongdoings. However, although she has not yet been accused of committing the sort of crimes inscribed in the American Constitution, - what is still under scrutiny - she specifically committed  “crimes of responsibility” clearly qualified by the Brazilian Constitution in its article 85, which defines as such those acts of the President that attempt, among others, against: V- the probity in the administration (where the corruption is overwhelming) and VI-the Budgetary Law. These, according to our Constitution, are not administrative wrongdoings, but serious reasons for impeachment.  As regards the effort to oust Mrs. Rousseff, this was the constitutional initiative of three of our most important jurists supported by millions of citizens who took to the streets to express their inconformity with so many serious misdemeanors committed by Mrs. Rousseff’s Government and by the political parties which supported it. These people and these politicians are being prosecuted and shall most probably be condemned, not because of Mrs. Rousseff’s decision to press ahead with a corruption investigation at Petrobras and several other Government companies and banks, but precisely because the Federal police, the legal system and the prosecutors act independently from her Government and from her Workers’ Party. The Supreme Court, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate have considered the whole procedure legal, and it would be far fetching to believe that more than three quarters of the two Houses are implicated in wrongdoings.

As regards Mr. Temer, it is important to inform that his legitimacy is based on the fact that he received the same 54 million votes she received, and that, above all, she would not have been elected without his support and the support of his party.

Yours very truly,

Affonso Massot

Retired diplomat. Former Ambassador of Brazil to The Netherlands, Greece and Lebanon".