Brazil's New House Speaker Says Rousseff Likely to Be Removed From Power

© REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino/FileBrazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a launch ceremony of Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2016/2017, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a launch ceremony of Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2016/2017, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil - Sputnik International
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In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Rodrigo Maia, who was elected as president of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, commented on the political and economic crisis in the country, priority projects as well as the impeachment of the country's president Dilma Rousseff.

According to Maia, one of the main priorities on the country's agenda is to stabilize the economic situation and carry out necessary reforms.

"We will have to discuss and adopt reforms related to the government spending, which has long exceeded all possible limits in Brazil. The citizens and companies can no longer support an increase in taxes and the creation of new taxes, they are themselves in debt," Maia told Sputnik.

"The task of the Parliament — jointly with the government — is to carry out a reform that would actually change the government. Because in its current form the government with its growing budget deficit and high interest rates negatively affects the lives of thousands of people — they are suffering from rising unemployment and business closures," the politician added.

Commenting on the question of what projects he considers most important, the politician named the mining industry as well as the project aimed at the resolution of the situation with the debts of the federal states.

"States are in a very difficult financial situation, they should be given a break, an opportunity to delay the repayment of debts. All three branches of government must unite to overcome this crisis as soon as possible," the politician stated.

Lower house members who support the impeachment demonstrate during a session to review the request for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, Brazil April 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
Rodrigo Maia Elected New President of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies
After being elected the new president of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, Maia becomes the second authority in the country behind the interim president Michel Temer. Maia of the Democrats' party (DEM) was elected in the second round with over 200 votes, defeating his rival from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Rogerio Rosso, who got 170 votes.

Replying to another important question concerning the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, Maia said:

"I think she will finally be removed from power. But it is just my personal opinion, I am not a senator," the politician stated.

Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, part of nationwide protests calling for her impeachment, near the Brazilian national congress in Brasilia, Brazil, March 13, 2016 - Sputnik International
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In May, the upper house of the Brazilian Parliament voted 55-22 to start impeachment proceedings against Rousseff after she was accused of concealing the country's budget deficit ahead of the 2014 re-election. Rousseff regards the impeachment proceedings as an illegal coup attempt.

Rousseff has been suspended from office for 180 days, pending trial. Vice President Michel Temer is assuming presidency during that period.

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