The prosecutor has asked the supreme court to greenlight the arrest of four politicians tied to interim president Michel Temer who he alleges sought to halt the advance of the massive Lava Jato, or Car Wash, graft investigation.
Interim President Temer has caused controversy in Brazil with his appointments, especially that of lower chamber leader André Moura who faces an accusation of attempted murder in his home state.
Brazil's senate has opened the session in which senators are expected to vote to impeach Rousseff, the country’s first female president, for allegedly manipulating the national accounts.
With Rousseff almost certain to lose the upcoming impeachment vote in the senate on May 11, her controversial vice president, Michel Temer, is preparing to take over the job and promising austerity measures when he does.
Brazil awoke his Monday morning to the sobering reality that the lower house of congress just voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, less than two years after she was elected. The process now goes to the country's senate.
It is now up to the Senate to decide whether to suspend Rousseff, as Brazil's political crisis plays out against a backdrop of a deep recession, and an ever-expanding litany of corruption scandals implicating political leaders from all major parties.
Massive anti-government demonstrations led by the middle classes hide the stories of many Brazilians, particularly among the poor, who still support Rousseff or see little credible alternative.
Barring a major upset, a 65-member congressional commission is slated to vote on Monday evening in favor of a recommendation that Rousseff's impeachment be put before the plenary, probably on Sunday.
The upcoming trial of Eduardo Cunha for allegedly accepting bribes could weaken moves to impeach Dilma Rousseff, though the beleaguered president is by no means out of the woods.
This year's carnival season included several feminist blocos, or street parties, that challenge what they see as male-domination of the festival with its sexualized "carnival queens," and general acceptance of the idea that women are prey.
Eduardo Cunha — the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress who wants to see President Rousseff impeached —is under pressure over his alleged role in a major kickback scheme in the state-owned oil company Petrobras.