Mr. Impeachment

Former Justice Minister Miguel Reale Jr. has penned impeachment requests which ousted two presidents. He’s now aiming at a third

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Legal scholar Miguel Reale Jr. Photo: José Cruz/ABr

There are few common threads between the impeachment processes against former Brazilian Presidents Fernando Collor in 1992, and Dilma Rousseff in 2016.

The former’s administration was riddled with corruption allegations and Mr. Collor tried to avoid having his political rights suspended by resigning — but Congress still banned him from politics for eight years. Dilma Rousseff, on the other hand, never faced any allegations of personal illicit enrichment but doctored the federal budget to hide massive deficits. She was booted from office, and still kept her political rights thanks to legally questionable backstage negotiations.

There is one constant between...

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