Opinion: ‘Impeachment’ as New Norm for Disposing of Annoying Opponents

The 19th-century British politician Lord Acton famously wrote, “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Fortunately, neither the Brazilian nor the American presidents have ‘absolute’ power, however much they would like to.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  In this troubled and highly partisan world one is forced to wonder if ’impeachment’ is becoming the new norm for getting rid of, or at least trying to unseat opposition political leaders, in a bloodless coup d’etat.

This week’s opening of the trial in the US Senate of impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump somewhat echoes the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, although the outcome is likely to be very different – Dilma was convicted: Trump is most likely to be acquitted.

The motivations for the actions leading to the impeachment of the . . .

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