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Nine Brazilian opposition parties call for Bolsonaro’s impeachment over Covid conduct

NINE Brazilian opposition parties, including the Workers Party of former presidents Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, have issued a joint request for the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro over his disastrous handling of coronavirus.

Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) leader Renildo Calheiros said the executive’s “paralysis” in the face of the deaths of over 350,000 Brazilians “cannot continue.

“Brazil breaks records in the number of deaths, and the president seeks side disputes and fights instead of mobilising the country,” he said.

The parties are also seeking a parliamentary investigation into the government’s conduct during the crisis, which Mr Bolsonaro has repeatedly belittled. The president has refused to enact public-health measures and has taken legal action against regions that have imposed them themselves.

Mr Calheiros said co-ordinated work among all opposition parties was necessary in order to build a “movement to fight the pandemic and to fight the government.”

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