IOC: Rousseff impeachment vote won’t affect Rio Olympic games

Monday April 18th, 2016

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Officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have stated that the vote to impeach Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff will not affect the game in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Associated Press.

The Chamber of Deputies voted Sunday to send impeachment proceedings to the Senate, which will decide whether or not to suspend Rousseff by a majority vote.

Rousseff is accused of corruption, and would be replaced by vice president Michel Temer. 

President Dilma Rousseff impeached by Brazil’s lower house of Congress

Despite the political upheaval in the country, the IOC stated that preparations for the games have reached a point where political issues don’t play a huge role.

Rio was inspected by the IOC coordination commission last week, stating that the city is on track to host the games, which start of Aug. 5. 

“We have seen the great progress being made and we remain confident about the success of the Olympic Games in August.”

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