by Ricardo Brito
BRASILIA (Reuters) – The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), said on Tuesday that the case involving the purchase of the Indian vaccine Covaxin does not justify the opening of an impeachment process against President Jair Bolsonaro, and highlighted that the measure “would destabilize the economy” and “stop Brazil”.
“At this moment, there is no new fact that justifies, that has any direct connection with the President of the Republic, other than the fact that a congressman has said that he has given him some documents, invoices, which they do not justify, for the time being and until now , with many versions from both sides, the opening of an impeachment process that would destabilize the economy, would stop Brazil for more than six months, a year, which is not the case at the moment,” he said, in an interview with Jovem Pan .
Bolsonaro was alerted by federal deputy Luís Miranda (DEM-DF) and by his brother, the Ministry of Health server Luís Ricardo Miranda, responsible for the folder’s import sector, about irregularities in the process of acquiring the Indian vaccine in February, according to both reported to Covid’s Senate CPI.
The president said that he determined to the then Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, to investigate the case and that he would not have found any irregularities in the negotiation. This case is at the center of Covid’s CPI investigations and has made Bolsonaro the target of a malfeasance inquiry at the Supreme Court.
Last week, oppositionists filed a new impeachment order for the president, including suspicions involving the Covaxin buyout.
In the interview, Arthur Lira said that impeachment in Brazil cannot be “institutionalized”, that the matter must be treated very seriously and that the country “cannot be politically unstable with each president who is elected”.
The president of the Chamber highlighted that the CPI has, for the time being, testimonies of a congressman and that this reality is being investigated by the CPI and the Supreme Court with “a normal course without any kind of haste”.
Elected with the support of Bolsonaro to command the Chamber, Lira said that “very calmly” is going to touch on the reform agenda.
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