MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Rousseff has been facing a wave of public discontent for more than a year over Brazil’s struggling economy and a major corruption scandal in the state-owned Petrobras petroleum company. Lower house lawmakers approved of impeachment procedures against Rousseff early last December.
"PMDB breaks alliance with the federal government," the party said in a Facebook post after convening a leadership meeting and a vote on breaking with the coalition.
Analysts expect a full congressional vote on Rousseff’s impeachment to take place in mid-April. If over two-thirds of 513 Brazilian lawmakers vote her out of office, Rousseff will be placed in a 180-day suspension and replaced by PMDB leader and Vice President Michel Temer as interim head of state.
Temer would reportedly hold the post until the next presidential election in 2018 if a formal decision to remove Rousseff from office were taken sometime around October.
PMDB leadership reportedly called on six of its members who are in Rousseff’s cabinet to resign or face ethics proceedings.