Published on June 13th, 2016 | by Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Independent Institute0
Was That Really a Coup in Brazil?
Dilma Rousseff, recently suspended as president of Brazil in an impeachment process that will likely remove her permanently from power in a few months, continues to claim she has been the victim of a coup d’etat. The claim, originated by left-wing leaders, academics, and journalists, is an affront to the countless victims of real coups in the history of Latin America’s republics.
Following the Constitution, the impeachment process ran its course until a vote in the Senate dictated her temporary removal from power. Her permanent removal will need a two-thirds majority in a vote that will take place within six months… No law was violated, no constitutional principle or passage was broken, and no use of force was involved in her suspension.