Brazil's Socialism and Liberty Party filed a petition for the impeachment of Michel Temer Sunday, underlining the growing difficulties facing the coup-imposed administration as he tries to introduce austerity reforms.
The impeachment demand filed by the PSOL was unlikely to be accepted and will have more of a symbolic significance. The PSOL argued that Temer committed crimes by allegedly interfering in a business dispute to aid a friend in his cabinet.
Because Temer's allies control both the lower house and senate in congress, if an impeachment petition were ever put to a vote it would most likely not pass.
However, the development is one more embarrassment for Temer who came to power this year after the bitterly fought impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff from the Workers' Party, which many considered a palace coup.
The impeachment petition also comes as Temer is pushing a 20-year spending freeze called PEC 55 as the first plank in reforms he says will help Brazil recover from its worst recession in decades. Congress is slated to vote on the freeze Tuesday.