Dilma Vana Rousseff

September 25, 2019

Dilma Vana Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician who served as the 36th President of Brazil from 2011 until her impeachment and removal from office on 31 August 2016. She is the first woman to have held that office. Dilma was suspended from office in May because she was accused of using money from state banks and the federal government to support her 2014 re-election campaign. Rousseff signed two of the six supplemental budget decrees without the approval from Congress. Also there were 'irregularities' with Petrobras (a Brazilian petroleum company) where she failed to distance herself from the suspects and allegations of 'Operation Car Wash'.


Dilma reportedly omitted information from a pending investigation at Petrobras, where she was the president of the board of directors. She suspiciously purchased the Pasadena Refining System as well. The Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI) is a refinery company with its headquarters in Pasadena, Texas, U.S. It has a 50-50 partnership between Petrobras and Astra Holding USA, and it is Petrobra's only American oil holding. Not giving certain pieces of information weren't included in the impeachment process however it did indicate criminal responsibility. A president may not be investigated for acts previous to his/her presidential mandate, thus the suspicious purchase of Pasadena was not included in the impeachment process. However, on August 31st, 2016, the Senate removed President Rousseff from office by a vote of 61-20, finding her guilty of breaking budgetary laws.


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