Vice President Michel Temer, who is facing possible impeachment due to corruption and other charges, accidentally or purposely leaked an audio of his speech as if the lower house of Congress had already voted in favor of impeaching embattled President Dilma Rousseff.
Impeachment in Brazil
But the vote is not expected to take place until late this week or early next week.
The vice president's speech begins, “At this moment, I want to speak to the Brazilian people to discuss a few things that should be confronted at this point.”
“Now, when the lower house has voted, by a significant number, to authorize the installation of the impeachment process against Mrs. President, many have asked me to give a preliminary word to the Brazilian nation," he said in the speech.
He goes on to say, that “We still have to wait and respect the sovereign decision of the Senate,” who will decide on the impeachment procedure against the Brazilian president only after the lower house votes, which is expected to take place later this week or early next week. “I will await respecfully the Senate's decision.”
The speech indicates that Temer believes he will be named president, as he says “When I hear the decision from the Senate I need to be prepared to confront the series of problems facing our country.”
In his speech, which may have been leaked purposely for political reasons or by mistake, Temer calls for unity, because it is “shocking … to see Brazilians fighting amongst each other,” as has been seen over the last year.
“The great mission, from this moment on, is the pacification of the country,” he adds.
Gabriel Elizondo, who works as a journalist for Al Jazeera out of Brazil, was the first person to break this story.