The Brazilian political crisis deepened further Tuesday morning after the acting Lower House Speaker annulled his previous day's action of calling off the impeachment vote against President Dilma Rousseff.
Newly-appointed Speaker Waldir Maranhao had made a surprise announcement on Monday saying that due to procedural flaws in last month's vote against Rousseff, the impeachment process was canceled and had to be returned to the Lower House from the Senate.
Maranhao had claimed that Rousseff never had an opportunity to defend herself and thus the impeachment vote was therefore illegitimate. The Senate, meanwhile, had responded by saying that Wednesday's vote against Rousseff would go ahead, despite Maranhao's order.
However, in the latest twist, Maranhao canceled the annulment and said the impeachment vote would go ahead as planned on Wednesday, reported Dow Jones.
"It's about internal politics of the Congress and internal coalition politics," Jimena Blanco, head of Americas at Verisk Mapelcroft, told CNBC. "It has to do with Waldir Maranhao trying to lend a hand to the government, maybe looking for some delays in the process, maybe creating a bit of confusion — also giving a bit more weight to the government's argument that this is a coup taking place."