Opinion: Brazil’s “Covid CPI” – a “tempest in a teapot”, “terminating in pizza”

If history is any guide, the Covid CPI, once installed, will come to nothing at all, and the potential “perfect storm” will turn out to be only a “tempest in a teapot”.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – (Opinion) Under Article 58 §3 of Brazil’s 1988 Constitution, either house of Congress can create an investigative committee called a “Comissão Parlamentar de Inquérito” (abbreviated CPI).

Article 58 §3 sets out only three prerequisites for any CPI: (a) a petition signed by one-third of the members of the congressional body; (b) a set of facts to be investigated; and (c) a time limit. Most constitutional theorists hold that if all three factors are present, the legislature must create the CPI; however, there are disputes as to the timing and the . . .

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