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Brazil: OAS Secretary General Urges Institutional Stability of Democracy and Continuation of “Operação Lava Jato”

  March 18, 2016

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today said “in Brazil the main political and legal responsibility is the stability of the institutions and ensuring the fullest exercise of democracy.”

Almagro said he has “the greatest respect for President Dilma Rousseff, who has maintained a clear commitment to institutional transparency and has defended the social achievements made by her country.”

“At this moment her courage and honesty are essential tools for the preservation and strengthening of the rule of law,” he added.

The OAS leader said “her constitutional mandate must be ensured, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws, by all the powers of the state and all the institutions of the country, and any undermining of her authority should be avoided, wherever it may come from.”

Secretary General Almagro added that “it is imperative that the ongoing investigation known as ´Operação Lava Jato´ continue.”

The investigation has led to the arrest of 133 people, among them business people of the stature of Marcelo Odebrecht, Zwi Skornicki and Jose Carlos Bumlai, and involves 16 companies, among them Camargo Correa, OAS, UTC, Odebrecht, Mendes Junior, Engevix, Queiroz Galvao, Iesa and Galvao Engenharia, and politicians from various parties, among them PP, PT, PMDB, PSDB and PTB.

“The rule of law demands that we are all responsible and equal before the law. No one, and I mean no one, is above the law,” emphasized Almagro.

“On the other hand, no judge is above the law they must apply and the Constitution that guarantees their work. Democracy cannot be the victim of opportunism, but must be sustained by the force of its ideas and by ethics,” he concluded.

Reference: E-032/16