Brazil's Congress Just Expelled Its Former Speaker, But He's Vowing To Have The Last Word

Former Lower House President Eduardo Cunha delivers a speech during session of the Chamber of Deputies that decides the revoc
Former Lower House President Eduardo Cunha delivers a speech during session of the Chamber of Deputies that decides the revocation of his term, in Brasilia on September 12, 2016. / AFP / EVARISTO SA (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil may have lost a congressman, but it looks like it has just gained a new writer.

During a press conference held right after he was removed from office, former Congressman Eduardo Cunha announced his plans for writing a book on Dilma Rousseff's impeachment.

In the book, he said, he would reveal details of the conversations he had with several politicians on the subject. In response to a question about whether or not he had recorded these conversations, Cunha said: "I have a good memory."

In the same interview, Cunha claimed he was removed from office because the Globo Television Network and the Workers' Party had teamed up against him. If he chooses to address this issue in his book, we're set to read a comedy.

  The future of the former congressman is still uncertain -- and that's why we need to watch out for the next chapters of this soap-opera.

Despite evidence that proves otherwise, Cunha insisted that he has no secret accounts in Switzerland.

Cunha -- who is known for his lies -- will no doubt give publishers, literary critics, and booksellers a hard time. After all, how would you classify his upcoming work? Autobiography, fiction or satire? We will find out in a few months, if he actually carries out this project. It could, after all, turn out to be another one of his lies.

The only thing we know for sure right now is that nothing is certain. The future of the former congressman is still uncertain -- and that's why we need to watch out for the next chapters of this soap-opera.

Since he no longer has access to privileged jurisdiction, the lawsuits filed against Cunha in the Supreme Federal Court will be transferred to a court of first instance, which may end up benefiting the former congressman.

These lawsuits may also end up in the hands of the ruthless judge Sérgio Moro, who has become the face of Operation Car Wash.

So far, Moro has been merciless with figures connected to the Workers' Party. Now, the judge will have the opportunity to be implacable with at least one defendant connected with another party.

But there is a risk of these lawsuits falling in the hands of a judge from the state of Rio de Janeiro, where Cunha's party (PMDB) has a huge influence. If that happens, Cunha's cases may be indefinitely postponed. This would be one of the worst-case scenarios.

(I leave it to the reader's imagination to figure out what the worst case scenario would be -- both for Cunha and the ongoing investigations. It's better to keep things vague, so that we don't attract bad luck.)

If Eduardo Cunha gets no help, it is likely that he would get arrested in the coming months. In that case, he would have plenty of time and peace of mind to dedicate to that book he's planning to write.

This post first appeared on HuffPost Brazil. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.